Float Your Boat outreach project

US GEOTRACES participated in the “Float Your Boat” an educational outreach program that provides young people an opportunity to learn about the changing Arctic, marine debris, and maritime careers through participation in a study of Arctic drift patterns, by sending their own toy boats to the Arctic. This project recreates an historic drift cask study conducted at the turn of the last century. Float Your Boat aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of their connection with the world’s oceans.

The US GEOTRACES deployed over 1300 boats on the ice as drifters to track the ice movement across the Arctic. This project is described by our teacher-at-se, Bill Schmoker at:


Three years after some of the boats were recovered. Learn more here.