SAILOR Boatbuilding Program

The SAILOR STEM Boatbuilding 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 principles 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 Boatbuilding 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.

SAILOR in the news: 

This motorboat, the Jawn, is the handiwork of Philly teens | 

CBS3 SummerFest: Local Teens Build Boat at Independence Seaport Museum | CBS Philly 


Interested in participating?  Please contact us 


See what students have been up to in our SAILOR STEM Boatbuilders blog