These designs are simple, stable, and easy for children to build. Building techniques have been specially adapted for elementary-aged children. We will use non-toxic materials and hand tools only. Electric tools are occasionally needed but will be used by instructors when children are not present.
Ideally, a space can be located that could accomodate the entire class, during normal school hours. Failing this, the actual boatbuilding could occur after hours, as a special "club" activity. (Note: an Anchorage 5th grade class of 25 built 5 "Yukons" literally *in* their classroom). Hands-on building time is estimated at 20 hours per boat. 5 boats, with groups of 4 children per team. Best with 1 adult mentor per boat (need not have any prior experience with tools or boatbuilding).
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