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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

August 03, 2015

Let’s build boats!

Yasamin Bailey and Jolie Pugh, Byram Hills High School and St. Mary's Dominican High School

SEA Semester

Above: Charlotte, Leo, Avery and Joao building their boat. Below: Natalie, Anna, Sophie and Kevin proudly displaying their boat.

The day began with the warming smell of breakfast sandwiches and juicy plums and peaches. Our daily watch meeting consisted of a leadership prompt. After watch, we headed up to Madden for our morning lecture. Today we had Career Day led by Maia and guest oceanographers. The three lovely scientists spoke about their career journeys and their current jobs. Later, we listened to Carl's lecture on the famous story of "The Mutiny on the Bounty" and then studied detailed nautical maps picturing the Massachusetts-Rhode Island area.

Our afternoon kicked off with Marisa's classic and delicious mac and cheese. Once our bellies were settled from all that mac and cheese, we headed back up to the classroom where our boat building adventures began. We were split up in groups and had the  task of designing and creating a boat from recycled materials. Once our creations were complete, we tested them on the rough, daunting waters of Carl's kiddy pool in the back parking lot. Every boat was unique in its own way, and we had a great time.

Once class ended, many of us headed to the beach to cool off. Shortly after, we ate dinner and played football in the yard. Our evening activity was mind opening. We got to gaze peacefully at the  stars and learned about celestial navigation. Stargazing was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.

- Yasamin and Jolie

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