The miniboat program took place over two weeks with GSO graduate students and amazing Central Falls elementary students. During the two weeks, the team engaged in hands-on activities relating to ocean science and resulted in the completed MB (minboat) Square Mile.
This “small but special” miniboat was launched from GSO’s Research Vessel Endeavor in early October with the help of RI teachers.
July 19-30, 2021: Students prepare their miniboat
September 2021: Central Falls High School students outfit their boat with sensors
Ms. Murray’s students at Central Falls High School are outfitting the Square Mile with sensors so that it will record air temperature, water temperature, and pitch as it sails. Here are some pictures of the process:
On September 18, the Square Mile was on display at URI GSO’s Science Saturday event, with Ms. Murray and Ms. Stymiest from Educational Passages at the table answering questions and inviting people throughout Rhode Island to join the journey of the Miniboat Square Mile.
In October, Ms. Murray will get to travel onboard the R/V Endeavor thanks to the Rhode Island Teacher at Sea Program, and be a part of the launch herself! The expedition she will be joining is a 3 day scientific cruise, lead by Principal Investigator David Smith.
October 2, 2021: Miniboat Square Mile set to sea by R/V Endeavor cruise, including Ms. Murray!
Ms. Murray brought out the miniboat Square Mile that her students outfit with sensors onboard the R/V Endeavor as part of a 3-day research cruise with the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography’s Teacher at Sea Program.
Many of us followed along at https://techserv.gso.uri.edu/EndeavorNow as the research boat and crew headed out on October 1, 2021. Pictured to the right is Ms. Murray with the Square Mile on deck the evening before departure.
There were eight educators on board this expedition, as part of the RI Teacher at Sea Program. Here is a picture of the crew:
Before the expedition began, Mayor Maria Rivera of the City of Central Falls delivered a Citation (pictured above, right) for the Miniboat Square Mile, citing that “Mayor Maria Rivera Hereby extends her best wishes for a safe voyage in the Atlantic to the Miniboat Square Mile. She invites you to connect with our students and educators who built and launched this boat to learn about the people, history, and cultures of our small but special city. The entire city extends its very best wishes on this memorable occasion and expresses the hope for continued success.”
The boat was launched on October 2, 2021 around 4:30 ET. Here is a video of Ms. Murray explaining the project, christening the boat, and the launching it into sea:
The boat has two GPS systems onboard. One is the main GPS, which is reporting on the map at the top of the page here (which updates once per day with location reports every 6 hours). Here below is where you can see the data reporting from the sensor package, which is reporting location with a secondary GPS tracker, air temperature, water temperature, and orientation. This sensor package was installed by Ms. Murray’s students at Central Falls High School (see tab above for details and pictures).
During the summer of 2021, URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) partnered with the Central Falls School District Expanded Learning Community and Educational Passages to offer a hands-on opportunity for 3rd and 4th graders to build a miniboat which they named Square Mile.
The Central Falls Miniboat program is made possible by the Devereux Ocean Foundation, Inc.