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Maine students track tiny boats across Atlantic
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GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Students from several Maine schools are tracking unmanned boats on a long, slow journey toward Europe.

The students built the five-foot long sailboats and equipped them with GPS tracking systems. The crew of a Brazilian freighter dropped them off in the Caribbean, and students will track them on line as they make their way into and across the Atlantic Ocean.

It's a hands-on way to study wind patterns and ocean currents.

"I think it's been a learning experience right alongside the students," said instructor Shane Hall. "I think a lot of people have an idea about what the Gulf Stream is, but once you really start doing the research, looking at how it moves up the coast, how big it is, how strong it is, a lot of different information in a lot of layers of knowledge that can be learned from the project."

Gorham's boat, "Bridges", was a joint project with South Portland and Casco Bay high schools. The other Maine boats were built by students at Belfast and Searsport high schools and by Mount Desert Community Sailing.

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