SEA Currents: seascape2
July 24, 2015
Field Trip in Woods Hole
After a filling meal of cereal, we sat through our morning lectures of marine mammals and fisheries history. Stuffing our faces with macaroni and cheese, we rushed to put on sunscreen and cram into the vans as we embarked for the Coast Guard station. After arriving at the base we anxiously anticipated the arrival of Carl, our maritime history and culture teacher. Surprisingly, the Coast Guard members were laid back and welcomed all of our questions.
July 23, 2015
Hydrothermal Vents and Gold Fish
Today we woke up to the smell of bacon, cooked by the wonderful chef Marissa. We were then full and focused for the lecture by Dr. Susan Humphris, on Hydrothermal Vents and spent the morning soaking up Dr. Humphris’s imense knowledge. After the invigorating lecture, we learned all about the difficulties of creating fishing regulations and what their impacts can be. Once finished with lunch, we used our cleaning abilities.
July 22, 2015
A Day in New Bedford
After a wonderful breakfast of chocolate pancakes, we students boarded a bus to the town of New Bedford. The first stop was at Bergie’s Seafood where we got to see how fish are processed after being unloaded from ships. The next stop was at the Seamen’s Bethel, a church where sailors lost at sea are honored with plaques and relics from their days in the wild oceans. Crossing the street, we entered the famed New Bedford Whaling Museum.
July 21, 2015
Knots & Lectures & The Beach, Oh My!
Students woke up bright and early this morning to fresh blueberry muffins and the haze of another hot day. After chores and meetings with watch groups, where students learned to tie figure 8 knots, everyone arrived in the Madden Center eager to begin academic work. Last night, students had come up with terms they thought encompassed the study of oceanography—a very impressive and extensive list including zooxanthanlae, wow—and today under Maia’s direction students sorted these terms into broader categories.
July 20, 2015
Welcome SEASCape session II
Today was quite the eventful day for the 28 students that were welcomed to the SEA campus to begin the second SEASCape program of the summer (despite the brutal heat). During the next three weeks, these high school students will have the opportunity to make new friends and discover the world of Oceanography and Maritime History and Culture. Compared to the first session, this group has a bunch of students from far away, including Louisiana, California, Texas, Canada, and Switzerland!
July 19, 2015
Faculty & Students, SEASCape II
The students of SEASCape II 2015 begin their program on Monday, July 20th. This three-week summer program at Sea Education Association offers motivated high school students the opportunity to study the marine environment from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, literary, and nautical. Participants live and study at our campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Academic programming is scheduled throughout each day, including on most weekend days. Coursework includes lectures, discussions, laboratory activities, and field trips; all introducing students to the study of oceanography, the history of humanity’s relationship with the oceans, and modern maritime issues. Teamwork, leadership, and sense of community are the underlying values of SEA’s academic curriculum. Participants not only grow as students, but as global citizens and individuals.