SAILOR Boatbuilding Program

The SAILOR STEM Boat building initiative connects under-served middle and high school students in the Philadelphia area to the water.  This program targets young minds to encourage interest and understanding in Engineering, Mathematics, and the Sciences in addition to team-building, problem solving, and leadership.

Through our after-school programming, we build upon the core principals of education and curriculum that students are already learning in their traditional school settings by taking it a step further.  Our students’ classroom knowledge is enhanced via an intensive hands-on experiential learning approach to informal education through our SAILOR STEM Boat building Program in ISM’s traditional wooden boat shop, The Workshop on the Water.  It is through this program that students work together to build a wooden boat from start to finish where the boat is a vehicle for teaching key concepts in Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Engineering, Design, Construction, Technology, English Language Arts, Ecology, and Chemistry, as well as Team-building and Leadership. 


SAILOR is generously supported in part by the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust.

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Interested schools should contact Olivia Thomas, Director of Educationat 215-413-8630 or at 




See what students are up to in our SAILOR program on the SAILOR STEM Boatbuilders blog