Teach Science Through Rowing


We came across this article recently making the case that young minds learn better when academics and athletics come together.

Elizabeth A. Barton, Associate Professor of Research, Wayne State University, makes the case:

“The basic principles of rowing appear quite simple, but in reality, rowing success is complex. Momentum is transferred to the water by pulling on the oar and pushing with the legs, which causes the seat to slide backwards. The oars pivot on a “lock-pin assembly,” which levers the water backwards. The motion of the boat is complicated by the movement of the rowers within the boat, the current of the water and wind speed.

Rowing leans heavily on STEM concepts commonly found in the fields of mathematics, physics and kinesiology. Through the sport, our curriculum covers works from the famous Greek mathematician Archimedes up through NASA engineer Katherine Johnson.

For example, potential and kinetic energy, boat velocity and rowers’ mass are strategies for teaching essential concepts.”

Click through to her article for more:
Why I’m teaching kids science through the sport of rowing

River Clean Up on May 11 – a perfect Earth Day message

Hello, NRRA Friends and Teammates.

Earth Day is the perfect day to announce reviving the NRRA practice of a spring river clean-up.
What better way to demonstrate our long tradition of community service than cleaning up the river we row?

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 8:30-11:00 am (low tide is approx. 11:40)
Wear: Work clothes, heavy gloves, waders, boots, etc.
Bring: Rakes, shovels, any tool useful for picking through silt, grasses, etc.
Where: NRRA site—and beyond
Who: All athletes (youth and masters), friends, family, people looking for some community service credits.

We will supply trash bags, snacks after the clean-up, and NRRA water bottles* for those who need one.

For questions or for more information, please use our contact us form

See you on May 11,
Laura & Phil

*Please note: NRRA bans single-use water bottles on site. Only reusable bottles are permitted.

Tues 9/25 – NRR Learn-to-Row – RELOCATED today

The weather is warm, yet TOO wet to have a constructive practice.

We have decided to relocate the Learn-to-Row sessions to our indoor Winter Workout facility for today:

We will have fun and learn more on both our indoor Rowers and body exercise workouts.

See them there!

Jim Cooper – Norwalk River Rowing / Coaching staff

It’s Amazon Prime Day – and NRRA benefits!

AmazonSmile and Prime Day supports NRRA

We don’t usually promote for-profit companies, but today Amazon is supporting us!

Amazon Prime Day starts at 3 pm today – and for every dollar that you spend at Amazon through tomorrow July 17, a portion will come back to the Norwalk River Rowing Association!

Shop Prime Day deals at:

You save big – and help NRRA at the same time!

Spread the word (and the link!)

NRRA Snow Day plans Monday 4/2 – Racing Team to the Senior Center / Dev Team cancelled

Mother Nature seems to have not caught onto this idea of "Spring".

Due to snow at the site, and some coaches stuck in other locations, we have the following plan:

All Racing Team Members are to report to the Norwalk Senior Center at 3:45. Pick up at 5:45.
Address: 11 Allen Road.

Dev Team: This was to be our first day of the Spring season, but we will need to cancel today. Things pick up as normal tomorrow.