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November 08, 2016

Rich Wilson’s round the world race is global teaching platform

Doug Karlson,

SEA Semester

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Longtime SEA trustee and overseer Rich Wilson’s 60-foot sailboat, Great American IV, is more than a single-handed racing machine, it’s a global classroom.

Competing in the Vendée Globe, a round-the-world race that departed from les Sables d’Olonne, France on Sunday, Wilson, 66, is the only American competitor - and the oldest. In the 2008 Vendée Globe, he finished 9th out of a field of 30 (of which only 11 completed the race). 

A former Boston public school math teacher and pioneer in the field of experiential education, Wilson is using the race to excite and engage a global audience of K-12 students.  To do that, he established sitesALIVE!, an online, interactive learning platform. If you can’t take students to sea, he reasoned, why not bring the sea to them?

Through partnerships in 50 countries, one million students will join him on this curriculum-based learning adventure, which incorporates science, math, geography and history.

In addition to Rich, a team of experts, including SEA professors Dr. Jan Witting and Dr. Kara Lavender Law, and fellow SEA overseer Dr. Ambrose Jearld, will be writing essays in support of the weekly curriculum and answering questions.

At SEA, we’ll be following Rich’s progress, and helping to promote his cause of experiential education.  Bookmark his website for daily updates of his position, audio podcasts and biometric data.

For more information, here’s a link to a recent New York Times article about Rich.

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