Spotted at Science Camp: Learning the science of sailing

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The summer is in full swing at LSC, which means that campers are out having adventures at LSC Science Camp! There are courses for all interests, including art, nature, robotics, game design, and even new astronomy courses offered in the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.

We recently checked in with one of our most unique courses, "STEM Sailing," and found them down at the marina learning about the physics of boats.

In the morning, the students learned about the scientific and physical principles that make sailing possible. Equipped with knowledge on wind and weather patterns, tides and buoyancy, they were then ready to come out to the marina.

Thanks to a partnership with North Cove Sailing, the students get to put their knowledge to the test. They spent the rest of the day on Colgate 26 sailboats. These student-friendly boats are designed for buoyancy, so they are perfect for training beginners on the basics of sailing without tipping potential.

The week of learning culminates in these rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders using their knowledge to design and test a float plan to get to and from our harbor to Ellis Island.

Interested in joining the fun yourself? Although "STEM Sailing" is filled up for the summer, there's still space available at LSC Science Camp this season, open to students entering grades 1 through 8. Click here to learn more.

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