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Spotlight on Summer: Build a Canoe! with Urban Boatbuilders

A group of students launch a canoe in the lake. What did you do on your summer vacation?  Oh, you know. Just built a boat.

Back again this year, Edina students will have the chance to build a 15-foot canoe and celebrate its launch on beautiful Lake Calhoun.

“It’s an incredible experience to witness a kid really understand what they are capable of,” says Lori Murphy, Youth Enrichment Manager. “This boatbuilding class allows them to see it, achieve it through teamwork and collaboration, and most importantly, celebrate that success. It’s really something.”

Offered by Edina Community Education Youth Enrichment Summer Program, the Build A Canoe! with Urban Outfitters class invites participants to put their STEM skills to work this summer.  Students will follow building plans, use specialized tools and materials, apply techniques of angle and length measurements and gain an understanding of the chemical properties that make a boat waterproof and durable all with the shared goal of building a boat.

“Engaging students in the boat building process is a proven strategy for youth to learn, practice and apply academic concepts in a challenging and innovative hands-on environment,” says Collette King, Urban Boatbuilders Program Manager. “Complementing classroom learning, boatbuilding teaches collaboration and leadership skills, encourages social and emotional development and leads to a finished boat giving students immense pride.

Once the boat is complete and ready for water, participants will celebrate its first launch on Lake Calhoun taking an inaugural ride together.

In partnership with Edina Public Schools, Edina Community Education, Edina Give & Go and the Edina Resource Center, the program is open to all students grade 6-9 for each 12-week session. Classes meet from 9-12 p.m. either Mon/Wed OR Tues/Thurs from June to August. For more details and to register for this class, click here.

For more information about all Edina Youth Summer Programs, click here.