Update: NEW FALL 2016 Boat Building Class at our South Slope Workshop!
Ages: We will have 2 groups working on the site at the same time. The younger group will be 7-9 year olds and the older group will be 10-12 year olds.
When: Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm starting September 27th: 9/27, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8 (please note we will hold class on Election Day), 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 ++PLUS Saturday, October 15th we will participate in the floating art exhibition TIDES OF OCTOBER at Gowanus Open Studios!
Where: Our building workshop in the historic church lot at 239 17th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 — between 5th Ave/4th Ave.
School Pick up: We will pick up from any school if we have 3 or more kids!
Cost: 16 weeks: $650; 8 weeks: $375
Boat Building is a sink AND swim workshop that explores the physics of boat building by creating flotation devices. Participants learn how to use planning, engineering, woodworking and critical thinking to create functional boats and models. Kids will explore traditional and experimental methods based on their own sensibilities over the course of a year, which will culminate in field trips to put their creations to the test. Boats will be created mainly out of found materials. In the spirit of our Soap Box Summer Camp, each child will make their own creative flotation device! We will create blueprints and small model floats, boats and steering mechanisms, as well as an actual float which will be tested in the waters of Brooklyn. Participants may sign up for Boat Building or Advanced Boat Building. Advanced and Beginner classes run simultaneously at the same location.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What if it rains?
A: We have built a shelter that works well for a light rain. We will continue to build out our shelter so it will get stronger as we move into winter. If the weather is really inclement, we will use those days for pre-planned research trips to Brooklyn Museum and other locations.
Q: Do you use power tools?
A: Yes! All of our kids are well supervised and trained before using any tool.
Q: What is your philosophy on working with kids?
A: Glad you asked! Click here for more on that.
Q: Where will the boats sail?
A: At Plumb Beach in May (exact date TBD)!