Students, families, and the public are invited to join this mini-adventure that's part of the Columbia River Maritime Museum’s Miniboat Program – the hands-on STEAM learning program born in Astoria, Oregon, and supported by Pacific Power.
Miniboats are 5-foot, GPS-equipped, seaworthy vessels that elementary and middle school students in the Pacific Northwest cooperatively design, build, launch, and track on a voyage across the Pacific to Japan. An identical fleet is launched by sister schools in Japan, ideally headed this way.
While these students’ boats are busy navigating to distant shores (you can track their progress here), the Museum is hosting a mini adventure closer to home.
Join us for the "Mighty Miniboat Float," a three-part livestream event series that starts with a live Miniboat launch from a Shaver tugboat at the Port of Vancouver on Friday, May 29 and follows the boat's journey throughout three weekly events. Along the way, we’ll have live reports from the river and riveting science lessons, plus hear from participating students and surprise guests.
The idea for this river journey was inspired by a Wy’East Middle School teacher in Vancouver, Washington, whose class miniboat was recovered when it washed ashore this spring. He wanted to give the vessel a second chance and have his students follow its adventures on a river before it heads out to resume its voyage to Japan. Wy’East’s miniboat—named “Liberty” in commemoration of the 1940s Liberty Ships built near their school—will officially launch near the still-standing Liberty Ship “skids” on the Columbia River.
Topic: A Miniboat’s Big Adventure
Learn all about miniboats. Plus - witness a LIVE LAUNCH on the Columbia River.
Topic: Thar She Blows!
Learn about wind and currents, and how the two might impact the miniboat’s voyage on the Columbia. Plus – we’ll have a REPORT FROM THE RIVER, tracking the boat’s progress after one-week.
Topic: The Mighty Columbia
Discover how a working river…works! Join us for a celebration of the industry and the communities that depend on our region's biggest river. Plus – our FINAL REPORT FROM THE RIVER to see how the miniboat has fared.
We welcome questions for our speakers during the event. To ask a question, all you have to do is comment on Facebook or YouTube.
These free events are open to everyone!
You do not need a Facebook or YouTube account to watch the live stream. The Museum will not ask you to sign up to view the event or take any credit card information.
Closed captioning is available via the Facebook Live broadcast.
If you’d like to help us bring miniboats to more schools in the future, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Museum.
Learn more about the Miniboat Program here.
Our 2019-2020 program is funded in part by Pacific Power.