SEA Currents: seascape1
July 11, 2016
Scones & Science
We woke up today to the wonderful scent of blueberry scones. We trudged our way up to madden to start our first class with Carl, where the story of the U.S.Ex.Ex. captured our attention and drew our minds from sleep. We questioned the moral views of Lieutenant Charles Wilkes and compared his crimes to his achievements, contrasting him with other explorers such as Columbus, who were seen as heroes. Carl asked us what we thought paradise was, to which almost everyone responded with a tropical island.
July 10, 2016
Waking up late this morning, we were treated to a brunch at ten, instead of our early seven a.m. breakfast. Stuffed from delicious egg and bacon sandwiches from our amazing chef, Sabrina we each grabbed a plain white shirt for tie-dye—a colorful start to today’s activities. Excitedly pouring dye over our shirts, none of us cared about the stains on our hands and feet.
July 09, 2016
The H.M.S. Shoshana
Today was a filled with fun! We woke up at 6:45 to a nice cereal breakfast prepared by our extraordinary steward Sabrina. When we finished our breakfast, each watch took care of their morning chores. Then we went to our first class in Madden Center with Stephanie. During the first part of class, we learned about deep currents and winds in the ocean, and temperature devices.Then, we went to start our Water Density Lab. We conducted three different experiments comparing different temperatures and salinity.
July 08, 2016
A Trip to Woods Hole
Today was a great day. We had lots of fun educational activities around Woods Hole. We started our day as usual; breakfast, wash-up, watch meetings, and discussing the schedule. At 9:45 we started shuttling out to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Woods Hole. After everyone gathered around, we started our tour around the station. We were able to board some of the vessels they had at the dock, and took a tour around the station’s interior.
July 07, 2016
The Heat at WHOI
Today was the usual morning wake up, 6:40 am, and a DELICIOUS chocolate chip pancake breakfast to get the day started. First, Greg Berman (Coastal Processes Specialist at WHOI Sea Grant) came to our oceanography class to give a presentation on the geology of Cape Cod and coastal engineering. We learned quite a lot about the causes and details of erosion and different methods to slow this erosion. Next was Maritime History with Carl; we had a discussion on boat building and beginning to understand the details of building a sturdy ship.
July 06, 2016
WATCH OUT IT’S A WHALE!
Dear Mommy and Daddy,
Today began with our long awaited whale watch which everyone was very excited for. We were woken up half an hour early to get to Plymouth on time, so the morning breakfast and lunch making was greeted with droopy eyes and lots of coffee. The bus ride was very quiet as everyone stretched out on the seats and slept.
July 05, 2016
Today we woke up to venture to Racing Beach with Jeffrey Brodeur (Communications Specialist Woods Hole Sea Grant Biology) on a clean up expedition. We split up into our watch groups, covering the whole beach. Our group took on the rocks, where we found a lot of ropes stuck beneath them. Although it was hard work cutting the ropes out, and most of us got covered in seaweed, in the end it was rewarding.
July 04, 2016
4th of July on the Cape!
Today was a another great day at SEASCape with lots of interesting activities both in and out of the classroom. We had a class about international waters and fisheries management with Carl, in which we discussed fishing boundaries and the conflicts they’ve created. We also had a brief discussion about ship structure before Stephanie’s class, where we split into groups to teach each other vocab words in a creative presentation.
July 03, 2016
This morning, we journeyed to Woods Hole to see the historic sailing canoe, Hokule’a, from Hawaii. We met with crew members who sailed on the canoe for two weeks straight and recounted to us the history of the majestic canoe’s mission. She was built in 1975 and has been traveling this round the world voyage since 2014, and planning to finish in 2017.
July 02, 2016
Saturday Sun Day!
This morning, we woke up later than usual at 8:40 am! Once we got up, we had a delicious english muffin egg and bacon sandwich.
Today in Stephanie’s class, Oceanography, the focus was on Marine Life which was incredibly exciting! We played SWAT, a game that focused on answering questions about oceanography.