To provide and support Marine & Environmental science education to a
wide population base around the world.
2019 – 2020 School Year Plan
⚫ United Technologies Center plans to make 6 or 7 boats.
⚫ Involve the website/media team, the robotics team, the business division,
⚫ Build a boat for the University of Maine Marine Science Club, 1-2 boats for our
technology center, and a few boats for the local grade or middle schools.
⚫ Design, build and install scientific sensors and add computer steering.
⚫ Work closely with the Marine Science Club which plans to equip its boat
with sensors & steering as well.
⚫ Collaborate with Maine Maritime Academy which will launch most of our
boats and host local students when they present their boats to the Captain,
tour the ship, and visit the campus.
Collaborative 2019 Year‐end Report
Overview of Program: This video gives wonderful insight into our program and how it works. It shows an early miniboat launch with Educational Passages which was recovered in Portugal by the police and a video team. The boat was then taken to the University of Lisbon where they rehabbed it with the help of middle school students and relaunched.
Tank Testing for Steering and Performance: (Feb.‐2019) This video shows our tank testing trials in the new University of Maine’s wind and wave tank. This 30‐ million‐dollar facility was made to test offshore windmill platforms and has a bank of 32 fans. The grid on the bottom of the tank and overhead photography makes this an ideal facility to test for computerized steering in our boats.
Cape of Good Hope Launch: (July‐2019) This launch was a collaboration of the University of Cape Town Oceanography, The United Technologies Center in Bangor, Maine and the University of Maine Marine Science Club. Their miinboat “Sailing on Dream” was launched off the 500‐foot state of the art icebreaker/research ship in 35 ‐ 40 knot winds that increased to a steady 50 knots that night with gusts into the lower 60s. Their boat sailed a record breaking 117 miles that day which is amazing for a 6 ‐foot sailboat.
Instituting a Technical School Miniboat Business: (10‐2019) The United Technologies Center school has been building our boats for three years. This year the students decided they wanted to make more boats and work towards making this a self‐sustaining program. They’ve decided to develop this into a school business. Their student manager comes from the Finance Department, Students in Composites build the boats, Robotic students design, build and install scientific sensors and students in the Media Department take our photos & video and handle communications, and computer science developed & maintains our website.
Tech. Center students rehabbed an old bus and have turned it into a real asset to the school as well as our miniboat program. The auto collision students did the painting, heavy equipment students did the repairs, business students designed the graphics and the advanced manufacturing students installed the computers and did the other necessary electronics. The bus has started making the rounds to area high schools to show students the many different programs United Technologies Center offers including the miniboats. They also are doing a great job helping us sell boats.
Building a World‐wide Collaborative Educational Program: The Cape of Good Hope launch was amazing for a several of reasons. It was done under stormy conditions, broke speed records, demonstrates our boats sailing capabilities and brought this marine educational program to our sixth continent. Collectively with Educational Passages we have had over 150 miniboat launches around the world.
Building for The Future: The Miniboat Research Collaborative team continues to work on increasing the educational value of our program and expanding our collaborative. In 2020 we hope to;
• Launch a boat with a computerized steering system. We plan to use a pre‐programed micro‐ computer set to waypoints and holed up to an electronic autopilot. What is holding us back at this time is getting someone to program our micro‐computer.
• Add an accelerometer to measure wave height and boat inclination as we know these boats capsize and summersault their way across the oceans.
• Do another Cape of Good Hope Launch with the University of Cape Town and the Two Oceans Aquarium.
• Launch several other school boats into the North Atlantic.
• We invite any collaborators (individuals or organizations) who wish to join us.