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This is so cool. A mini-boat made by students from Rye, New Hampshire has landed in Norway a year and a half after its launch.
It all started in September 2018 when Educational Passages delivered a boat kit to Rye Junior High School. Educational Passages, according to their website, is a non-profit organization focused on ocean and environmental literacy.
People of all ages and from dozens of countries follow our little boats. Clubs, schools, libraries, individuals and foundations have joined our international educational community. We work together globally to connect and educate students by building, launching and recovering the boats.
The students, thanks to the GPS, were able to keep an eye on the boat that took them two years to build…
…then go for it.
After two months of no location pings, the students were a bit worried that the boat would sink. Then, exactly 463 days later, ping! The boat had landed on a small Norwegian island. Schools were on vacation, so Rye pupils, with no one to contact with the exciting news, sent out an SOS.
6ft UNTEAMED sailboat (MINIBOAT) ashore west of Smøla Island (63°23’25.6″N 7°47’30.5″E) after 463 days and over 13,400 km of voyage adrift across the Atlantic Ocean. Please recover if possible to do so safely. This is an educational project built by students from Rye, New Hampshire, USA. Contact Educational Passages for more information and if you know someone who can assist with a recovery to avoid damage to the ship. It’s an unmanned ship, like a message in a bottle, but we’d like to collect it and have it taken to a nearby school to connect the students.
The message got around and a little boy named Karel and his Chocolate Lab pup, Morgan, sailed to the island with the help of Karel’s parents. The island is only a few minutes from Karel’s garden where he plays with Morgan.
Keral and Morgan searched the small island using coordinates provided by Rye’s students…
…and found the 6ft sailboat.
At the start of the school year, Karel and his comrades opened the hatch…
…and discovered messages and trinkets inside…
…and of course posted it on Facebook with a big thank you.
If you would like to get involved with Educational Passages or learn more about their various programs and activities, click here.
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