SAILOR Program

The SAILOR program, an education program based on a hands-on approach to boat building is an acronym for Science and Arts Innovative Learning On the River. Through building harbormaster skiffs, SAILOR students learn core STEAM (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) concepts. As a result, the SAILOR program encompasses multiple subject areas and engages a wider range of student learning including visual, kinesthetic, auditory, verbal and mathematics by providing a non-traditional classroom setting that allows students to participate in a boat’s construction process.

SAILOR’s interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to address specific educational objectives, competencies and key concepts by integrating hands-on, project-based learning within the Museum’s Workshop on the water with the content of the Museum’s collection. The SAILOR program includes two programmatic options – a fully integrated portion of a partnering school’s traditional curriculum; and an extracurricular partnership allowing students to come to the Workshop on the Water after school. Independence Seaport Museum’s SAILOR program provides lesson plans to the high school instructors that highlight the math, science and history concepts that serve as the basis of the workshop activities each week. The extracurricular program parallels lessons taught through the fully-integrated curricular partnership. Because participation in the extracurricular program is not a part of a student’s routine school-day, the curriculum is less formalized and focuses on team-building, leadership and job skills.

Interested schools should contact Director of Education Olivia Thomas at (215) 413-8630 or at othomas@phillyseaport.org.

If you would like to snail mail in a donation, please send to:

Independence Seaport Museum
SAILOR Program
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106