Buzzards Bay, MA: The start of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Sea Term 2020 is fast approaching! When the TS Kennedy departs Taylors Point on Saturday, January 11th, Cape Cod will be well-represented. Aboard the 540-foot training vessel of the Academy will be sixty-seven Cape Cod cadets.
The six-hundred cadets cruising on the TS Kennedy will include twenty-one cadets from Sandwich, fourteen cadets from Falmouth, six cadets from Mashpee, and five cadets from Bourne. Barnstable, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket will each be represented by four cadets. Three cadets from Orleans will be joined by two cadets from Brewster and two cadets from Yarmouth. Dennis and Easton will each have one cadet aboard the training ship.
This year, the TS Kennedy will be transiting the newly expanded Panama Canal and crossing the equator. Cadets crossing the equator for the first time will participate in a Shellback Ceremony. The ship will also make stops in Balboa, Panama, Golfito, Costa Rica, Willemstad, Curacao, and Tampa, Florida.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy is inviting K-12 educators on Cape Cod to follow their cadets by participating in the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program with their students. For seven weeks, students can virtually follow the cadets on the ultimate STEM adventure on land and sea.
In 2019, over 12,000 K-12 students from twenty-three different states witnessed the day-to-day life and learning of cadets onboard the TS Kennedy. Thanks to cadet blogs, the Captain’s log, mascot blogs, photographs, videos, special features, and a unique hands-on curriculum, students virtually traveled with six-hundred cadets aboard the TS Kennedy, the training ship of the Academy. Each day, students read about and watched the shipboard responsibilities of Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, or Facilities Engineering majors. As the cadets tackled challenging topics such as weather forecasting, celestial navigation, ocean currents, rust removal, engine maintenance, sewerage treatment, firefighting, and seawater desalination aboard the TS Kennedy, students took part in parallel hands-on lessons back in their classrooms. They also experienced the food, art, and culture of the ship’s four exciting ports of call - all without ever leaving the classroom.
Educators love the comprehensive Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience curriculum linked to the Common Core Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Many of the engaging lessons and hands-on activities have been created exclusively for Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In addition to STEM topics, the curriculum also incorporates language arts, social studies, and fine arts. Educators have the freedom to select the activities that best fit the age and ability level of their students. There is truly something for everyone!
In 2020, the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program is partnering with Plimoth Plantation and the Plymouth 400 Committee. A Pilgrim doll named Giles Hopkins will be traveling with the beloved Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience mascot, Little Buc. All of Giles Hopkins’s posts will be fully vetted by Kate LaPrad, Plymouth Plantation’s Director of Special Projects & Strategic Partnerships to guarantee their historical accuracy.
Participating in the program is free of charge. Educators may register an individual class, a grade level, a school, or the entire district.
To register, educators should reach out to Nancy A. Franks, the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Coordinator at [email protected].
Registering early is encouraged. Educators should provide their name, email address, their school name and address, and the number of students that will be participating. They will immediately receive a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the program.
The Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program is a wonderful opportunity for K-12 students from across Cape Cod to see STEM topics being applied by sixty-seven hometown heroes.