By Rachel Teasdale
|The SS Morning Star just prior to launch from the T.G. Thompson.|
|Watertight port with information about the SS Morning Star and the GPS in |
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|Lowering the SS Morning Star over the fan tail.|
Students who build the boats are engaged in a variety of science education areas, to “expand and provide knowledge and adventure to the next generation of sailors, but also provides thought-provoking exercises to budding mathematicians, meteorologists, marine scientists,” according to the Educational Passages Website. By tracking the sailboats, students and the general public can learn about wind patterns and ocean currents, and make predictions about the trajectory the boats will take.
The science and ship’s crew were happy to launch the SS Morning Star and look forward to following its track in the Pacific.
|The SS Morning Star starts her journey, headed south.|
Funding for the SS Morning Star project was provided by Oregon Coast STEM Hub.