SEA Currents: SEASCape
July 04, 2017
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).
July 03, 2017
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.
June 29, 2017
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.
August 03, 2016
Today we woke up and had a wonderful breakfast of blueberry scones, compliments of Sabrina.
Then, we had a watch meeting where we had group activities and games, before heading up to Madden for our first class, Oceanography.
August 02, 2016
Today was our first classroom day in a while. We started with a guest speaker, Jenny Ruben speak to us about ocean acidification. That transitioned into a lab about ocean acidification, where we manipulated the pH and CO2 levels of a solution by adding yeast and sugar. We learned that with the rise of CO2, the pH goes lower. With these major changes coming into play on the global scale, commercially harvested shellfish are in trouble.
August 01, 2016
This morning we awoke to delicious aroma of breakfast sandwiches and coffee. After breakfast we all drove to Woods Hole, where we spent our day. The weather was cooler than before, in the low 70’s and sunny. We started off the day with the Zephyr Education Foundation in a WHOI marine invertebrate lab. We then walked down to the WHOI dock, we we saw an array of underwater vehicles, including the sphere from Alvin, the famous submersible which explored the wreck of the Titanic and discovered hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
July 31, 2016
As someone else in this blog might have told you last week, on Sundays we have a free day. Which means we get a few more hours of sleep and we get to choose what we want to do for a few hours. There were many very fun choices to pick from but the final three were: go to Falmouth (just like last Sunday), go to a mini golf or stay on campus (lazy day). There wasn’t an unanimous decision so the RA’s and Liz had to figure a plan that left everyone happy.
July 30, 2016
Today in Maia’s class we had the best discussion about Marine biology. We talked about the different types of mammals such as the Cetaceans, Pinnipeds, Sirenians and Fissipeds. Maia did a great job bringing the class alive by watching fun videos that connected to what we were learning. After the lecture we got poptarts for a snack and ate them on the go while we walked down to the beach called Surf Drive.
July 29, 2016
Today was a quite day at S.E.A, as we mostly stayed in class, learning about Ocean Management with Carl, and the South China Sea. It rained on and off, creating interesting opportunities for us to play capture the flag during free time. Our class also participated in a management lab of a hypothetical tropical island. Groups debated and talked about the industries we were assigned to, including the creation of high-end hotels and shipping terminals, and how they affect the marine waterfront.
July 28, 2016
Today we went to New Bedford and the Fisheries Heritage Center, Whaling Museum, the Buzzards Bay Coalition, and New Bedford docks.
At the Fisheries Heritage Center we learned about the history of fishermen in New Bedford and how they harvested scallops. Buzzards Bay Coalition taught us about the water shed of Buzzards Bay and its importance to not only marine life, but human society and economy.