Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Chris-Craft Boats

Contact: Lori Gentile

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 20

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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 “Legends Aren’t Born…They’re Built!” Learn How to Build a Legendary Boat!”

Learn how Chris-Craft has perfected the art of  boat building! Extreme (reaching the highest degree) sums up the experience…extreme factory, extreme work ethic, extreme boats!

Chris-Craft maintains that, “our strength and future growth depends on the contributions made by each person within our organization…outstanding people are the key to success!

Hear first hand from these outstanding experts about the exciting world of Chris-Craft and boat building!

When the students arrive at 10:30, after listening to an amazing introduction, students will be split into the following two rotations:


 Rotation One (30 minutes):  The Plant Tour!

Building a boat is like completing a puzzle! See how the many pieces of the puzzle fit together…the hull, the interior, and the upholstery. Learn about the precise measurements involved  for the fiberglass and teak.  See prototype machinery in action! Hear how the boats are water tested for hurricane rains. should  Students might even have the opportunity to observe one of the new boats being water tested on site!

Take a look at the video: “Take a Tour of the Chris-Craft Boat Factory”

Rotation Two: (30 minutes): Hear from the Experts! 

Students will hear from various employees, some of which may include Marketing, Design/Engineering, and Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering. Subjects might include cultural influences in boat building, photography involved in marketing, the thought processes and collaboration that goes into the creation of instructional manuals, and all the creative problem-solving that goes into the making of boats. Students may even have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on interactive activity involving manufacturing engineering!


Field trips provide active learning that reinforce classroom experiences; expose students to real-world workplace environments; and allow explorations of career options. Experiential field trips give students knowledge of their interests and career aspirations, and how they see the world. Relevance is a key! Understanding the connections between what is being taught and career aspirations are essential to both increased student achievement as well as to the development of a trained community-based workforce. For example, when students observe how reinforced resins are formed into useful shapes and discover the roles higher level chemistry and physics play in the construction of boat hulls, as potential engineers they then understand the need to register for upper level science courses in high school. When teachers, students, and parents can assess meaningful connections and transfer that knowledge from class to real world, everyone benefits.

THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY is serving as the coordinating organization for the EdExploreSRQ Interactive (or Experiential) Career Series. 


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