SEA Currents: seascape1
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.
July 01, 2016
Sippewissett Salt Marsh
We woke up early this morning to eat a cereal breakfast and then did our morning chores. Afterwards, we went to a watch meeting where we wrote a short passage about a leadership prompt. We went to Carl’s maritime history and culture class to learn about the navigation methods of the European and Polynesians. We found it surprising that the Polynesians marked a certain animal as a sign of destination because of their cultural beliefs.
June 30, 2016
New Bedford Whaling
After a nice breakfast of pancakes, we headed off to the town of New Bedford. It is most famous for historically being the whaling capital of America, and today it is the fishing capital of the country. We first arrive at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. This is a brand new facility that showed us an insight on what happens in the fishing business. Some people tried on a survival suit, which works as a full-body flotation device
June 29, 2016
First Day Fun
We had an awesome day today! After everyone settled in yesterday we started our classes. Carl, our Maritime Studies teacher, talked to us about why people are drawn to the ocean, and Stephanie, who teaches Oceanography, gave us an overview of the class and introduced us to tides.