Columbia River Maritime Museum's Miniboat Program:

Creating a trans-Pacific classroom between Japan and the Pacific Northwest


The Columbia River Maritime Museum Miniboat Program provides a global, multidisciplinary STEAM learning experience for 5th- to 7th-grade classes in the Pacific Northwest and Japan by empowering them to cooperatively design, build, launch, and track seaworthy GPS-equipped boats on a journey across the Pacific Ocean. The program was developed in partnership with the Consular Office of Japan in Portland and Educational Passages and is supported by Pacific Power, West Marine BlueFuture Fund®, the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA and many others. 

Since the program’s start in 2017, 1,213 students on both sides of the Pacific Ocean have been involved in the launch of 24 miniboats, traveling a total of 57,000 nautical miles (and climbing). These boats are tracked daily and students are still building on the skills they honed to launch them.

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Participating Schools

Sailing from U.S.

Sailing from Japan

Wy' East Middle School
Vancouver, Washington

Columbia City Elementary School
Columbia City, Oregon

Warrenton Grade School
Warrenton, Oregon

Miniboats with amazing voyages

Our 2019-2020 program is funded in part by Pacific Power and our boat kits are purchased through Educational Passages. We thank them for their support!