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Climb aboard the 540-foot TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2020!  Thanks to cadet blogs, the Captain’s Log, photographs, videos, special features, and a unique hands-on curriculum, you will virtually travel with six-hundred cadets.  Each day, you’ll read about and watch the shipboard responsibilities of cadets majoring in Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, and Facilities Engineering as they tackle challenging topics such as weather forecasting, celestial navigation, ocean currents, rust removal, engine maintenance, sewerage treatment, firefighting, and seawater desalination. You’ll feel like you’re right beside the cadets as the ship conducts anchoring drills off the coast of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.  Also aboard the TS Kennedy in 2020 will be cadets majoring in International Maritime Business and cadets majoring in Marine Safety & Environmental Protection.  We’ll keep you updated on what is happening with them as well.  You’ll also experience the food, culture, and attractions of the ship’s four exciting ports of call: Balboa, Panama, Golfito, Costa Rica, Willemstad, Curacao, and Tampa, Florida.

This non-stop adventure begins on Monday, January 6th when cadets board the TS Kennedy.  The ship departs Buzzards Bay on Saturday, January 11th.  The TS Kennedy is scheduled to return on Sunday, February 23rd.  There will be posts each day – even on weekends. 

This year, the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Programs will be partnering with Plimouth Plantation and Plymouth 400.  Throughout Sea Term 2020, we’ll be comparing the Mayflower’s historic voyage in 2020 with the voyage of the TS Kennedy in 2020.

Thanks for being a part of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s free, one-of-a-kind, K-12, STEM adventure on land and sea!

Papiamento Words   Since you cannot bring your class to Curacao, why not bring Curacao to your class?  The cadets and crew aboard the TS Kennedy encourage you to hold a Curacao Day in your classroom on Friday, February 7th, the day that the ship reaches Willemstad, Curacao.  Here are a few suggestions to get your celebration started.  As always, choose the activities that best fit the age, ability level, and interests of your students.  And of course, incorporate any other great ideas of your own. I’d love to share photos of the coast-to-coast celebrations.  Please send them to me at ftv@maritime.edu. Celebration Ideas: 1.  Dressing The Part - A:  The average…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! It’s hard to believe that this is our 5th Nautical Idiom Tuesday!  Teachers have told me that Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants are working our nautical idioms into their speaking and writing.  Some students have even spotted nautical idioms in their novels.  Before I introduce two more idioms, let’s take a moment for a quick review! 1.  all hands:  everyone 2.  anchors aweigh: raise the anchor 3.  learn the ropes: learn all of the skills necessary to perform a task 4.  pipe down:  be quiet 5. ship shape: neat, tidy, and well-organized 6. tight ship: well-managed 7. in the same boat: facing a shared problem 8. batten down the hatches: prepare…
The summer of 2005 may have been life changing for 1/C  Zachary Tuskowski from Monroe, Connecticut, a bedroom community of New York City that was named after our country’s 5th President.  Perhaps Zach thought about a career at sea as he happily rowed back and forth in his family’s dingy.  As he stood at the helm of the Tuskowski family’s 34-foot Rinker, he may have dreamed that one day he’d be standing on the Bridge of a much larger vessel.    Well, Zachary’s dream has come true!    During Sea Term 2020, Zachary is serving as a Cadet Navigator.  In June, he will earn a degree in Marine Transportation.        
  Thank you to the second grade students at Kingston Elementary School in Kingston, Massachusetts!  They are hard at work collecting cans of soup to give Captain Campbell and the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy a SOUPer salute.  Here is a photo of their progress chart.  The cans of soup will be donated to a local food bank. The second graders know that after Thanksgiving and Christmas are over, donations to food banks drop off.  Unfortunately, the need for food remains the same.  As Cathy Davis, Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Feeding America has said, "People are hungry year round." Collecting cans of soup is also the perfect way to salute Captain Campbell and the…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Giles!  Here we are again, on a Tuesday!  Let me guess.  Is it another Mayflower connection? Giles Hopkins:  Right you are!  4/C Cadet Anthony Petrillo from Norwell, Massachusetts told me that he visited Mayflower II with his family when he was just three years old.  Here is a photo of Anthony, his dad, and his twin sister by the ship.  Little Buc:  Great photo of Anthony’s family! I have had an opportunity to meet Anthony!  He’s a Marine Engineering major.  He attended St. Francis Xavier in South Weymouth and Boston College High School in Boston.  Tell our followers about that strange thing that looks like a bucket on the ship’s mast.  Giles Hopkins: Oh…
  Eye safety is a top priority aboard the TS Kennedy.  All cadets are required to pack their safety googles for Sea Term.  The goggles are designed to prevent particulates, water or chemicals from entering the eyes.  The goggles affix to a cadet’s head with an adjustable strap.  The goggles must fit snugly but comfortably around the bridge of a cadet’s nose, cheeks, temples and forehead. There should be no chance of slipping or falling off.  Eye wash stations are placed in key areas throughout the ship.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Labor, states: “Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious…
  Good morning, Followers - Throughout Sea Term 2020, I have received many emails asking about my pets.  Students want to know if I have a cat, a dog, or both.  Let me begin by saying that everyone in the Campbell family is an animal lover.  Back home in Narragansett, Rhode Island, animals outnumber people.  For starters, we have four boxers. Their names are Captain Jack, The Black Pearl, Captain Will, and Flying Dutchman.  That’s right, I’m not the only Captain in the house.  Our family also owns a rabbit, a hedgehog, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, a frog, a chameleon, a tortoise, fish, and a “mini-lobster” that is actually a crayfish.  Our latest animal additions to the family…
Let's take another trip to the TS Kennedy’s Bridge? There's always so much to see! This 51-second video was created by Blogger Heather Gaughan in January 2019.
Ahoy, Followers!  If it’s Tuesday, then it must be time to talk about the Cape Cod Canal and the Panama Canal.  Today, the TS Kennedy will be transiting the Panama Canal once again as it journeys from the Pacific Ocean back to the Atlantic Ocean.  Even though the ship made the passage in the opposite direction just last week, it will still be very exciting day for the cadets.  There is so much to see on both sides of the canal.  I found a great video of a ship passing through the Panama Canal that I would like to share with you.  Did you just say, “Little Buc, I DO NOT have time to watch an eleven hour video?”  Relax!  This is a full transit, time-lapse video of the Ocean Princess. …
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! Happy Cloudy Monday!  So far, we’ve learned about three high level clouds - Cirrus, Cirrocumulus, and Cirrostratus and two midlevel clouds - Altocumulus and Altostratus.  Are you ready to meet two low level clouds?  What are we waiting for? The Clouds Of The Week are the Cumulus & Cumulonimbus! First, let’s get to know Cumulous. 1.  Cumulus clouds are puffy.  Some people think they look like balls of cotton. Others see heaps of whipped cream or mounds of soap suds. 2.  A Cumulous cloud that does not become tall is an indicator of fair weather. 3.  When sunlight hits the top of a Cumulous cloud, it is brilliant white in color.  The bottom of the cloud…