Boat Building is a sink AND swim workshop that explores the physics of boat building by creating flotation devices.

Participants learn how to use planning, engineering, woodworking and critical thinking to create functional boats and models. Kids will explore traditional and experimental methods based on their own sensibilities over the course of a year, which will culminate in field trips to put their creations to the test. Boats will be created mainly out of found materials. In the spirit of our Soap Box Summer Camp, each child will make their own creative flotation device! We will create blueprints and small model floats, boats and steering mechanisms, as well as an actual float which will be tested in the waters of Brooklyn. Participants may sign up for Boat Building or Advanced Boat Building. Advanced and Beginner classes run simultaneously at the same location.


We are thrilled to announce a one week summer Boat Building workshop at Blue School in South Street Seaport.  This camp will be a hybrid of our popular Boat Building classes and our summer Soap Box camps. We will work with wood and other found materials that can be used to craft floating vessels that will move forward in water. We’ll collaborate on several boats that we will sail off of Governor’s Island on our final day!

DATES: July 31-Aug 4, 2017

TIME: 9am- 2pm

AGES: open to any child entering 4th-8th grades (this workshop is open to all, children do not have to be enrolled at Blue School to participate)
COST: $600/week (all materials included)
LOCATION: The STEAM Space at    located at 241 Water Street, New York, NY 10038 (A/C, 2/3 to Fulton St)
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Q: Do you use power tools?

A: Yes!  All of our kids are well supervised and trained before using any tool.

Q: What is your philosophy on working with kids?

A: Glad you asked!  Click here to learn more about our philosophy at Koko NYC!

Q: Where will the boats sail?

A: Boats sail from Plumb Beach in Brooklyn during our annual Maiden Voyage!