URI Graduate School of Oceanography

The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography partnered with the Central Falls School District and Educational Passages to offer a hands-on opportunity for students to build a miniboat while learning about ocean topics.

GSO graduate students and staff, along with Central Falls students have built two miniboats, the MB (miniboat) Square Mile and MB Inspiration.

Both boats were launched into the Atlantic from the R/V Endeavor. The Square Mile in early October 2021 and the Inspiration in late March 2022. Sensors installed by students provide an opportunity for data to be collected and the boat’s location to be tracked.

The GSO Miniboat program is made possible by the Devereux Ocean Foundation, Inc.