New Delhi: In October 2020, students from a college in New Hampshire in the United States launched a small boat in the Atlantic Ocean. Rye Riptides, the boat, contained photos, fall leaves, acorns and state quarters.
After sailing for nearly a year and a half, the boat traveled to an island in Norway, some 8,300 miles away, and was found by a sixth-grade student, the AP news agency reported. .
Citing the Portsmouth Herald, the report says the 1.8 meter long boat decorated with artwork and equipped with a tracking device was found on February 1 in Smøla, a small island near Dyrnes in Norway .
According to the report, the tracking device had been silent for long periods during the 462-day voyage, and Rye Riptides had lost its hull and keel when it was found covered in gooseneck barnacles. The deck and cargo hold were still intact, however.
Karel Nuncic, the Class VI student who found the boat, took it to his school, which is now planning a call with students at Rye Junior High School in New Hampshire, according to the report.
“When you send it, you have no idea where it’s going to end up, how it’s going to get there, if it ends up (anywhere) at all. But these kids, they’re pinning their hopes on it , their dreams and wishes, and I tend to think that helps sometimes,” Cassie Stymiest, executive director of Educational Passages, a Maine nonprofit that began working with the school on the project in 2018, was quoted as saying in the AP report.
A school project to learn about ocean currents, science and math
In a press release, Educational Passages said the boat was built by students in their science class to learn about ocean currents, science and math. “This project tapped into much more than the science curriculum,” the statement quoted science professor Sheila Adams as saying. She added: “Students were expected to use their writing skills to tell others about their mini-boat project, describe our school and town to people of other languages, just in case, and write requests for the boat is deployed. The students were excited to see it all fall into place and were about to decorate the boat when COVID sent the students home for the rest of the school year, but they continued to collaborate and complete the project.
Our 5ft miniboat has been adrift at sea for 463 days! Starting point = middle of the Gulf Stream. Period ? An island in Norway! A family picked him up and took him to school today! This is the concise story. So much more at https://t.co/ZeMXo9Mhy2. @miniboats pic.twitter.com/ncpq3XV1U5
— 7th Science – Atoms (@7thScience) February 3, 2022
Adams has since retired from his job.
After landing the boat in the Atlantic Ocean, the students followed its path, even if the GPS which was silent for long periods dampened their spirits a little.
The GPS flashed during hurricane season last August and September and then went silent again, the AP report said, adding that students learned Jan. 30 that Rye Riptides appeared to make landfall in Norway.
“I was surprised the boat got somewhere. I thought it was going to get stuck in an in-between place (on the map) and it did, and it was really, really cool and surprising,” said seventh grader Molly Flynn.
“It was a great project and an opportunity for our students. It’s amazing to see all of their work and that of Ms. Adams come to fruition in a way that connects us to students around the world. We are lucky to have these authentic learning opportunities,” said Marie Soucy, Principal of Rye High School, in the press release published by Educational Passages.