The last week of May was one of the busiest weeks of 2015 for the WaterFront Center. In four days we had nearly 600 students ranging from Pre-k through High School. We had programs on the beach, in school classrooms, on Sonars, and aboard Christeen. One of the more comprehensive programs to visit us during the week was from Success Academy in Manhattan. Success Academy is a charter school that began in 2006 in Harlem serving 165 Kindergarten and 1st grade scholars. Today Success Academy operates thirty-two charter schools serving 9,000 scholars, including those with special needs, in four boroughs. The scholars who came to our location were from Harlem East, Harlem West, and Harlem Central. After being selected by their teachers as a reward for their academic accomplishments and the quality of their character, they spent a three days from 9:00 -3:00 at WFC focusing on wind and marine sciences. At the beginning of each day, scholars arrived by bus and were divided into their groups. Half the group began with learning the how and whys of wind and wind energy in the classroom. During the wind module, Success Scholars learned about wind speed, wind direction, and how wind is affected by physical features of the earth–both land and water. One of the ways scholars learned about wind speed was by building and using their own anemometers. Building their own anemometers required scholars to think critically about design and application with the goal to record as accurate a wind speed reading as possible. In order to use the anemometers, scholars were taught how to convert revolutions per minute to miles per hour and knots, calibrate their anemometers, and diagnose possible design changes for more accurate readings. With the opportunity to apply what they learned in the classroom on the water, scholars sailed each day on Sonars with an instructor. While aboard a Sonar scholars were taught how wind is used to make a sailboat work, how a sailboat uses wind energy to move, and how a moving sailboat creates apparent wind, and that wind angles affect the readings they would record with their anemometers. They used degrees to describe boat heading and wind direction while on the water and also learned how to use visual cues to estimate the wind speed using the Beaufort scale. Scholars spent the rest of their time learning about marine biology and marine ecology through hands-on experiences. Scholars spent each day in a different outdoor location examining topics such as biodiversity, tidal cycles, evolution, adaptation, water quality, and invasive species. Exploring Beekman Beach allowed students to discover and observe the intertidal zone and many of the organisms that live between the high and low tide lines. By observing the intertidal zone, scholars were able to better understand how the movement of water and tides create many different habitats such as the upper beach zone, intertidal zone, surf zone, and marsh zone. Scholars were able to take a closer look at local organisms using seine nets to capture and identify fish, shrimp, and crabs that live in the surf zone. Scholars also learned more about the marsh and intertidal zones by investigating invasive species. They collected one of the more prevalent invasive animals in our area–Asian shore crabs. After the collecting specimens, scholars analyzed the distribution of crabs between multiple sites and found distinctions between the sites leading to the change. To add to the excitement and weight of the program, many of the Success Scholars had never been on a boat before, and they spent three days with us on our Sonars and aboard Christeen! Providing opportunities for children and adults to connect with the water is what we are all about. This program perfectly captured who we are, utilizing all of our expertise in STEAM, marine sciences, and sailing.