SEA Currents: SEASCape
So on the 4th of July we had a pretty fun day. We designed ships with Carl in Maritime History and Culture class. There were a lot of intriguing ideas for ships; Robert had an interesting idea for a three in one ship that is a sub, boat, and could FLY. In Oceanography we presented vocabulary in a fun manner. My group and I did a rap with a little play going on along with it.
Yesterday, we went to Sippewissett Salt Marsh and explored (scientifically, of course) all of the tide pools, eddies, and banks. We saw so many different species of plant, animal, algae, and even a sponge! After capturing and documenting these wonderful organisms, we released them back where we caught them, and took core samples of the ground. After packing up, we all walked to the beach and many of us got in the water to cool off.
Today we took a field trip to New Bedford, MA. After a long bus ride through torrential rain, we arrived at Bergie’s Seafood on the harbor. The wholesale fishing company buys fresh fish off the boats, fillets the fish, then sells them to most restaurants and markets. We had a chance to watch up close and personal the filleting process, which was exciting for some but others were grossed out. After asking the manager Phill all of our questions, we moved onto the Seamen’s Bethel.
Today marked the first day of classes in Oceanography and Maritime History and Culture. We had enthusiastic introductions to each subject, and had a great lunch in between the classes. Shout out to Nick the cook! And also shout out to Carl’s marvelous singing in class.
Students from across the country arrived at SEA campus today to beautiful sunshine and a delicious barbecue dinner. All twenty-four kids took some time to settle into their houses, play frisbee and volleyball, and endure some ice-breaker games with Maggie and I (your very excited RA’s).
The students of SEASCape I 2015 arrived on campus on Monday, June 29th. 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. Academic programming is scheduled throughout each day, including on most weekend days. Coursework includes lectures, discussions, laboratory activities, and field trips; all introducing students to the study of oceanography, the history of humanity’s relationship with the oceans, and modern maritime issues. Teamwork, leadership, and sense of community are the underlying values of SEA’s academic curriculum. Participants not only grow as students, but as global citizens and individuals.