The image below is an early concept for the layout of the Sailing Science Center. It is sized to match the dimensions of a historic airplane hangar on Treasure Island known as Hangar 3. We consider Hangar 3 to be the ideal target location for the permanent museum, although the center's ultimate location is still to be determined. While proportions are representative of actual sizes, the layout is likely to be substantially different.
Inside the Box:
The Seven Galleries
Like the Seven Seas that cover the globe, the Sailing Science Center's Seven Galleries were chosen to cover a wide range of science and technology. By exploring science through its direct application to a single discipline, the Sailing Science Center seeks to bring added relevance to STEM education, in essence saying, let's take one activity and see all the ways in which science applies to it.
These are the Seven Galleries
1. Airflow, Sails and Sailing
2. Waves, Hull Resistance and Stability
3. Human Factors & Mechanical Advantage
4. Weather & Oceanography
5. Navigation & Astronomy
6. Knots & Anchoring
7. Materials & Structures
The focus of the Sailing Science Center is primarily on the physical sciences, as seen through the lens of sailing. Even with this narrow scope, the range of things we can explore is nearly limitless. As seen from the Seven Galleries above, this includes everything from fluid flow, to astronomy, to meteorology and oceanography. Biology and history will also appear peripherally, as in the comparison of modern and historic boat building materials, but for the most part we are leaving these areas of interest to be covered by other institutions. One noteworthy exception is in the area of human factors, including such topics as ergonomics, perception, learning, performance, and safety.
The Sailing Science Center is being created for people of all ages who are curious and want to learn and have fun. In much the same way that a person doesn't have to be a pilot or an astronaut to enjoy the Air & Space Museum, a visitor to the Sailing Science Center won't need to be a sailor or boater to enjoy and appreciate the experience it offers.
The 2025 goal for the Sailing Science Center is a permanent museum with 200 to 300 exhibits. It's an ambitious milestone requiring ideation, design, development and testing. Our team is working tirelessly to build the partnerships, secure the resources and take the actions needed to get there. The exhibits all need to be safe, engaging, durable and cost effective.
These are some key elements of our strategy:
Build exhibits in multiple locations
Build exhibits as student projects, where the learning begins on day-one
Display exhibits in multiple smaller venues
Deliver exhibits and content through mobile outreach
We are currently in conversation with three schools and two professional exhibit builders, and our first exhibits are under development. We are planning a steep ramp-up in 2020 as we accelerate the process.