During the 2022-2023 school year, the National Marine Aquarium/Ocean Conservation Trust and Educational Passages collaborated around the Miniboat Lancer. Originally from a school in Connecticut, USA, the Lancer sailed with the wind and currents to Ireland, and then Plymouth, UK in 2017. It was upgraded with sensors during Project OCN and STEMFEST, and was launched for a 3rd voyage off Tenerife in December 2022. Its westward track across the Atlantic captured pictures from the on deck camera and collected a large data set of air and water temperatures thanks to this onboard sensor pack (developed by Makerbuoy).
We are now planning to share these data sets with educators during the 2023-2024 school year, and facilitate a trans-Atlantic data-driven mission to connect students with science and art. The inspiration comes from Data Jam (click here to see how 2023 winners used miniboat data) which is sponsored by NSF and part of the LTER.
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In addition to reporting location with a secondary GPS tracker, the sensor system is also collecting air temperature, water temperature, and orientation of the boat. It also has a camera on deck.
This is the first picture of the boat taken right after it was set to sea on December 1: