Boat Building Program

The Boat Building Program is a unique initiative by Project U.S.E. that is presented through a 10 to 12 week on-site program at participating schools and agencies.  Students of middle-school or high-school age explore STEM concepts through hands-on learning activities that teach them the science, engineering, construction, and craftsmanship involved in boat building.

The Boat Building Program combines standard classroom curricula (math, physics, history, etc.) with rigorous and exciting experiential learning – a hallmark of Project U.S.E.’s programs. Over the duration of the program, students work to draft blueprints, construct, and design their very own wooden canoes. The culmination of the program is a student-led boat launch of their handcrafted boat at a local waterway.

The best part of the Boat Building program was getting to use power tools. In my opinion, this was very interesting because it has really inspired me to build things with my own two hands instead of buying everything at the store.  I mean, really, when would you ever get a chance to tell someone I was using a jigsaw at school, if it wasn’t for the special hands on project? Another thing that was very interesting was learning about the history of boats all over the world.
Barbara DaSilva

8th Grade Student, Ann Street School

2017 – 2018 Boat Building Partner Organizations

People’s Preparatory Charter School (Newark, NJ)

Foundations Academy (Trenton, NJ)

Hawkins Street School (Newark, NJ)

Asbury Park High School (Asbury Park, NJ)

Sisters Academy of New Jersey (Asbury Park, NJ)

Ranney School (Tinton Falls, NJ)

Chapin School (Princeton, NJ)

LINK Community Charter School (Newark, NJ)

Our Lady of Christian Help (East Orange, NJ)

Head Start D.A.D. Network (Newark, NJ)

Queen City Academy Charter School (Plainfield, NJ)

Start Your Boat Building Adventure Now

Looking to get more information about bringing our Boat Building program to your school or organization?  Click on the icon above to submit your information and our staff will reach back out to follow up with you.

Thank You to Our Boat Building Program Sponsors

PSEG Foundation

Capital One

Swiss Re

The Lackland Family Foundation