Canoeing in Jamaica Bay
While one group climbed the Tower, another group manned two 10-person canoes and charted a course across Jamaica Bay to a sandbar named Russell Bar. Each group organized all their water safety gear, transported the canoes, oars, life vests, food, and supplies to a nearby launching site, and mapped out the trip across the bay. Again, a team effort was needed to get the canoes out to the site, but, unlike the Tower, the issue of leadership entered the exercise.
Who would take control of the planning and implementation of the exercise? Who would direct the course from the back of the canoe and who would set the rowing pace in the front of the canoe? Would the group row in unison or would there be a competition among the rowers? Would the two canoes work together or would they race against one another? How would the rowers work together to keep the canoe from tipping over when waves from passing yachts came at it?
An unexpected result of the canoe trip were the garbage bags of refuse and the two chunks of styrofoam waste the canoes transported back to the Park, to be properly disposed of. The unclean bay and sandbar brought the issues of urban pollution, unsafe water, waste disposal, and other environmental issues to the fore for several engineers interested in these areas of engineering.
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