SEA Currents: SEASCape
We will welcome the second session of SEASCape 2017 to campus on Monday, July 24th. This three-week summer program at SEA offers motivated high school students the opportunity to study the marine environment from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, literary, and nautical. Participants live and study at our campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
It’s hard to believe another SEASCape class has already come and gone from the SEA campus. Just three short weeks ago, the RAs and I welcomed 28 high school students from across the country and around the world to our little home here on Cape Cod. Little did they know what this program had in store for them! The amount of personal growth that occurred these past 21 days is astonishing – many of these students went from timid and unsure of being away from home to independent, strong leaders in their community here.
We started out with our cereal breakfast and got ready (emotionally and physically) for our LAST academic day.
We learned in the morning about deep sea animals and underwater vents all over the world. For oceans and societies and reviewed all we had learned and shared the narratives we had been writing about our place in the ocean history.
Another day begins as we have breakfast together with our housemates. Once we get ready and go down, a table full of scones, sausages, and strawberries is waiting for us just calling our names. After eating, we began our chores and had our watch meetings, where we learned how to tie the clove hitch.
This morning we woke up bright and early to a breakfast of English muffins. At 7:30, we boarded the school bus and embarked on the hour long journey to Plymouth where we were scheduled to go whale watching.
The boat was large and crowded, but our hopes were high and we enjoyed looking out at the vast and open ocean. After an hour of sailing to our destination, we came to an abrupt stop where we saw several humpback whales. Humpback whales are between 35 and 55 feet long, so seeing these massive creatures ride in and out of the waves made our respect for the ocean and its ecosystems greater than it had been when we arrived in Woods Hole two weeks ago.
Sundays here at SEAscape are non-academic days, which means that students take advantage of the local beaches and downtown Falmouth! At the start of the day most people sleep in until about 9, or wake up at 8 and do yoga.
Today we started off with a Oceanography class explaining the fundamental ideas of climate science. We first learned about the basics of the greenhouse effect, and the reasoning behind the dense gas layer around the earth. From the information gathered about greenhouse gases we brainstormed possible solutions to reduce our carbon emissions, and educate others on this topic.
This morning we woke up to a wonderful breakfast of scrambled eggs, home fries, and oranges. Next we had our daily watch meetings and answered a leadership prompt.
This was followed by our Oceans and Society class where we learned about the triangular triads, European expansion, and the Niger delta. We also learned about two activists, Olaudah Equiano and Ken Saro-Wiwa, and how to see things in different perspectives.
This morning for breakfast we had pancakes, bacon, and strawberries. After breakfast we had our watch meetings where we learned the sheet bend knot from the very talented and capable RAs.
By 8:30 we were in the Madden Center ready for our first class from guest speaker Dr. Heather Heenehan. She taught us about the work she has done to study marine mammals and noise pollution. It was pretty early, but she woke us up by doing a fun activity where we act as whales and try and find our pod. We were each given a device to make beeps and a pattern that matched up with other classmates and we had to find who had the same pattern. The high beep noises definitely woke us up!
After a lovely cereal breakfast, we headed over to the Madden Center for Oceans & Society class with Kate. Today we learned about container ships and their effect on the oceans and the economy. Next was Oceanography class with Jess where we talked about the many major issues that face our oceans as well as possible solutions.