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.