MIT program helps inner-city students stay afloat ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff An MIT group has brought inner-city students onto the water as part of a program designed to raise their confidence and achievement. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff The program blends athletics and rigorous academics. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Ron Rosenberg, left, and Noam Angrist, center, co-founded Amphibious Achievers. They have recruited 30 mentors for 40 students. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Angrist, right, sometimes starts practice five minutes early, mimicking a tactic he learned from high-powered CEOs. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Students arrive at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. They have two hours of classroom instruction and two hours on the water. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff The tutors use games to connect with students in the classroom. One example: "Get Triggy with It," a rap game for trigonometry. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Rowing is foreign for many of the students. “You can’t play pickup rowing,’’ says Angrist. “It’s not like pickup baseball or basketball." Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Rosenberg is heartened by reaction from parents who've said their children are "more disciplined" and "happier."