SEA Currents: SEA Quest
September 09, 2020
Virtual High School Program, SEA Quest, is a Summer Success
Conceptualized and designed by several dedicated and creative faculty and staff members and delivered by a three-person team, the two-week programs, offered twice, incorporated some of the best of what SEA’s in-person programs offer with interactive online delivery.
Each program enrolled 20 students from nearly all regions of the United States and some overseas locations including China, Czechia and Sweden. Armed with journals, various scientific tools, specimens and, most importantly, enthusiasm, participants worked with the teaching team of Liz Maloney, W-162, Jeff Schell, and Craig Marin, W-119, for four hours a day (divided between mornings and afternoons) learning about leadership fundamentals and meteorological observations; oceanographic research tools and methods; and conservation and restoration efforts on the Cape and further afield.
The scope and breadth of the program was greatly enhanced by the participation of a wide-ranging group of virtual guest lecturers and the illustration instruction and guidance of Victoria Smith, Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Coordinator. Students practiced observation skills (written and illustrated) and documented their program experiences in their journals.
While the SEA Quest experience offered students the opportunities to identify plankton, observe backyard habitats, virtually visit estuaries, engage in leadership exercises, learn about at-sea science deployments and much more, it also offered a window into the scope and breadth of SEA Semester themes and programming. Like alumni from other SEA programs, these SEA Quest students exceeded expectations in terms of their curiosity, motivation, flexibility and dedication to understanding the central role of the oceans in the health and wellbeing of humanity and the planet.