Searsport High, Penobscot Marine Museum Collaborated on Innovative Class Project
Two new wooden boats will be launched at the Searsport town dock at noon on May 20. But while boat launchings are often a cause for celebration, this one will also represent the successful completion of a semester-long science course for seven students from Searsport District High School.
Since January, students Holly Hassapelis, Derrik Kenney, Alex Lane, Emily LaRosa, Jason Pendleton, Shane Sauer, and Rebecca Trimble have been working with master boatbuilder Greg Rössel to build two Shellback Dinghies at Penobscot Marine Museum. The project was the result of an innovative collaboration between the museum and the high school, designed to teach physical science by providing students with first-hand exposure to boat-related concepts such as center of effort, buoyancy, vectors, and drag.