SEA Currents: seascape1
Education At Sea
Today we woke up to Sabrina’s amazing blueberry muffins and turkey sausage. Then we made sandwiches for lunch and the first group left for the Zephyr boat trip. On the boat, the first group was able to use various oceanographic equipment to observe the oceans. We used a dredge to collect benthic organisms. We collected and observed sea urchins, sea stars, sea snails, a few hermit crabs, coral, and a few scallops. We also collected and observed plankton. We went back to shore and traded with the second group. We went back to the Zephyr building and played with the topographic sand.
Sunday: Brunch, Yoga, Beach, Coffee
We started our sunny Sunday at 0900 with a beautiful brunch of homemade french toast, scrambled eggs, and juicy nectarines. After completing our daily chores, we headed back to our rooms to prepare for the exciting day ahead of us. As today was Sunday, our non-academic day, the RAs had planned three different activities in which we could partake: we could venture into the quaint town of Falmouth, walk to a nearby beach to go swimming, or be driven to Falmouth High School in order to relax by the freshwater pond and play tennis/basketball.
Geology, Over Fishing, and a Navigation Challenge
Today marked the last day of classes during our first week, with everyone excited for the free day on Sunday. After eating our cereal, we learned all about the Bowline Knot, a highly useful knot often used on ships. It is a deceptively simple knot that took the group several attempts to properly learn. We headed up to Madden Center to take our classes for the day. First up was our introduction to Geological Oceanography. Our teacher, Jess, began by teaching us all about plate tectonics. We learned about the history behind the discovery of ocean ridges, ocean trenches, and continental drift.
Ocean Acidification and Lots of Rain!
The day began with bagels and cream cheese followed by chores. Then we hurried up to Madden center for our watch meetings before the rain could start. Today in our watches we responded to some of the Leadership prompts and shared a few until Oceans & Society started.
Special Thanks to Ben Harden
We started the day with English muffins filled with cheese, ham, and eggs, and immediately got to work on our chores. After cleaning, we grouped into our watches and learned the square (or reef) knot, as well as the slip knot equivalent. When we had all mastered the new knot, we headed up to the Madden center for our Oceanography lesson.
Exploring the Marsh
We rose early to go to Sippewissett Marsh. We caught Pipefish, crabs, and a baby Horseshoe crab. We surveyed the whole area collecting data (e.g. pH, salinity, water clarity, sediment composition) before making our way home. We took some marsh creatures back for later observation, but unfortunately there was a crab on crab altercation, and one had to be sent home.
Greetings from the Cape and happy 4th!
Today we started our first full day of SEASCape with 0645 wake-ups, a lovely pancake breakfast, and an exciting introduction to the daily cleaning schedule. Based on a rotating watch system, the students clean the dishes, kitchen, common areas, and bathrooms every morning. After a successful first cleaning rotation, we mustered outside for a quick watch meeting before class. Here we learned the Figure Eight Knot, and the RA’s were blown away by the knot-tying expertise of some of the students with prior sailing experience (e.g. Spencer and Ava).
SEASCape Session 1 Begins!
Today was day 1 of SEASCape session 1! 28 students arrived this afternoon, from all over the US and International. After checking in, we held orientation and students got their first taste of life in our little Woods Hole community. Sabrina cooked us a delicious dinner, after which all students returned to the Madden Center for an overview of the two classes they will be participating in this summer.
SEASCape 2017, Session I
We will welcome the first session of SEASCape 2017 to campus on Monday, July 3rd. 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.
Thanks to a wonderful group of students and resident advisors we had an amazing first session of SEASCape this year!