Sky STEM students study sailing

SUN PHOTOS BY TOM CHANG Hugh Moore, president of the Englewood Sailing Association, directs students and teachers from YMCA Sky Academy for the STEM program at Indian Mound Park Monday. ESA will continue to teach students about hydrodynamics and aerodynamics today as part of two-day field trips at the park.

Hugh Moore, president of the Englewood Sailing Association, directs students and teachers from YMCA Sky Academy for the STEM program at Indian Mound Park Monday. ESA will continue to teach students about hydrodynamics and aerodynamics today as part of two-day field trips at the park.

Hugh Moore, president of the Englewood Sailing Association, directs students and teachers from YMCA Sky Academy for the STEM program at Indian Mound Park Monday. ESA will continue to teach students about hydrodynamics and aerodynamics today as part of two-day field trips at the park.

ENGLEWOOD — Science teacher Katherine Moore said her students at the South County YMCA Sky Academy were looking forward to a field trip to Indian Mound Park in Englewood Monday and Tuesday.

The middle school students were treated to an educational adventure Monday morning courtesy of the Englewood Sailing Association.

“We were invited by South County YMCA to work with them to deliver a module for the STEM program through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation grant,” said Hugh Moore, president of the ESA.

STEM is a hybrid education program that incorporates science, technology, engineering and math.

The field trip is a mix of demonstrations, sailing and lessons about aerodynamics and hydrodynamics.

Katherine Moore was one of four teachers from the academy in Venice to make the trip Monday.

“Everyone is very excited to be here,” she said. “We’ve come specifically this week so they can go sailing. I think it’s going to be great.”

Katherine said the trip was two months in the works.

“We’ve been trying to coordinate our activities and figure out what we’re going to do,” Katherine said.

The students might be counting their blessings since the trip came just days after Tropical Storm Andrea hit Florida last week.

“It’s fortunate that (Tropical Storm Andrea) happened last week and not this week,” she said. “We had a couple of outdoor activities we planned last week we had to cancel.”

There were 31 students who attended Monday’s field trip and a similar number are expected today, according to Katherine.

Sue Rosen, a member of ESA, said they had to coordinate with available volunteers to make the schedule.

“We have 25 members who are volunteering,” Rosen said.

Rosen said Andrea wasn’t a factor in planning, but the ESA had a contingency for potential inclement weather.

“Sailors take the weather as it comes,” she said. “If it was too dangerous or there was any thunder in the area, we would not have any boats out in the area. We would try to do everything on land, because we have two land versions of our chalk talks. We would have just modified it and kept the kids off the water. If it was raining, of course, we would have to go to the pavilion and improvise.”

For more information on ESA, go to englewoodsailing.org or call 941-257-8192.

Thirty-one students and four teachers from YMCA Sky Academy in Venice came to Indian Mound Park to learn hydrodynamics and aerodynamics from the Englewood Sailing Association as part of a field trip Monday. A similar number of students are estimated to arrive today, according to teachers.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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