Follow Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets as they travel the globe on Experiential Learning Programs!  The adventures begin On January 12th when a small group of cadets majoring in Emergency Management depart for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Arizona.  Two large groups of cadets majoring in Emergency Management will work with Habitat For Humanity in Eustis, Florida, January 19th - February 14th.  Energy Systems Engineering majors will be travel throughout Costa Rica, January 26th - February 19th.  Bermuda will be explored on both land and sea from January 30th - February 9th by cadets majoring in Marine Safety, Science & Environmental Protection.  Cadets majoring in International Maritime Business will wrap up the learning adventures when they visit Thailand from February 9th – 22nd. 

  Today was another productive day out in the field for Group B.  All the cadets worked hard and diligently on all sites. Today wrapped up the first week down in Florida. It has been a successful week of work for all the cadets. They truly have filled the boots of Group A on all the worksites. Group B was again divided into smaller groups to head to a total of four sites. Two teams returned to the two main homes in progress. The cadets at both these sites continued to work on the siding and are moving rapidly. Both homes will be completely sided next week. Another team was sent back to Wildwood. These cadets finished painting one of the homes from yesterday and fully painted a…
  Today was a short day of work for the cadets, but very rewarding. Group B was divided into two groups. The first group worked at the Umatilla Veterans’ Village. They began the day with some morning yoga, taught by the Habitat staff. After yoga was the dedication of three of the homes for some of the veterans in the community. The team worked on the landscaping around the homes in the village. Some of those homes were built by some of the rates and their classmates back in 2017 and 2018. A plaque dedicated to the work of these Maritime cadets is emplaced by the village flagpole. The second group began their day in Wildwood. Wildwood is a community that is well below the poverty…
Today was a day of mixed emotions. I was happy to be returning to the US and see my family. But I was also sad that this was our last day in such a beautiful country. We said goodbye to our tour guide Alvaro and our driver Luis who we had gotten to know very well during our two weeks in Costa Rica. My favorite moment of the day was when we were saying our goodbyes and Al said to all of us that we had set a good example for our school and country as a whole to the people we met.    
Hola! Today, sadly has been our last day here in Costa Rica. It’s been an amazing experience and we have all learned so many interesting facts about renewable energies!   We’ve had the honor to tour rocket companies, dams, solar farms, wind turbines, and today we got the opportunity to tour a train station. This morning we climbed into the clouds and visited one of Costa Rica’s tallest volcanoes. Surrounded by the atmosphere we looked down into the giant craters made millions of years ago. We learned that Costa Rica and the other Central American countries were formed from volcanoes and is known as the natural bridge of the continents, connecting North and South America. We all took a…
  What’s up everyone? I am 4/C Max Segatore from Plymouth, Massachusetts, in Cohort B. Today was one of the best days we have had so far on our amazing trip.  We started our day with not the usual breakfast but rather a picture with both cohorts at the docks and in front of the main building outside of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).  This photo shoot was brief, but it still meant having to get up earlier than regular to be able to stay on schedule for the great activities later in the day. After the pictures, we went to eat breakfast and pack our lunches. I made my sandwich and went to wait for the bus.  We waited for about eight minutes for the bus then we went to…
Hey, everybody!  My name is Angus McGhee from Norfolk, Massachusetts. Words can not do justice when it comes to describing the sheer beauty of Bermuda. It is hands down the coolest place I have ever visited. After eating a delicious breakfast this morning, we took a bus to Tobacco Bay where we experienced one of the best dives yet. Entering the water was a bit cold, but once I got a chance to go out to the reefs the temperature was the last thing on my mind. Tobacco Bay is littered with beautiful reefs and creatures. There were many colorful parrotfish and I got to see an octopus. Seeing one in person gives you a completely different perspective on how intelligent these creatures really…
Being here at BIOS in Bermuda has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. From snorkeling the coral reefs to jumping off cliffs, this trip has been such a great experience. Learning from professors and doctors about marine life and how to identify marine organisms is a lot of fun too. Before coming to Bermuda, I had no idea what this beautiful island had for marine life. Definitely my  favorite moment of today was cliff jumping. During the cliff jumping session, we were able to jump from a cliff into the ocean with a 30 foot drop. It was my first time jumping off cliffs and it was amazing. Instead of being scared of the experience, I decided to jump off the cliff with no fears.…
  ¡Hola!  Today we went to Ad Astra Rocket Company. We saw their Variable Specific Impulse Magneto-plasma Rocket, VASIMR™ for short. The VASIMR™ takes argon gas and ionizes it to plasma and contains it in a magnetic field to produce a propulsion beam. This kind of engine is efficient for space transport but cannot produce the thrust necessary to put something into orbit. Ad Astra also has a renewable program were they focus on using sources such as solar and wind to produce the energy necessary to is electrolosize water to produce hydrogen gas for Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles. Our guide Juan gave us the grand tour and the nitty gritty of what they do to be on the cutting edge of…
Today was a very event filled day, and everyone seemed to have a ton of fun. We visited Ad Astra Rocket Company, where we got a look at their facility, where they are focusing on the development of a sustainable future with hydrogen gas for cars, as well as the development of a Plasma Rocket for more efficient and faster space. It was very interesting to look at a facility that aims to achieve so much when the facility is only operated by nine people. It gave me a sense that big things can be accomplished by the greatest minds rather than numbers. A little bit latter, we also were able to visit a ranch for lunch. There, we also were able to take part in the sugar making process, learn…
  ¡Hola! Today is our last day in Costa Rica. As sad as the fact is we still managed to have a full day of fun and education.   First we went to Irazu, one of several active volcanoes in Costa Rica. It was absolutely amazing! We learned a little about geology, including that at certain temperatures and depending on content of the lava pumice can form small crystals. We also learned of the highest elevation of forest in Costa Rica, known as Paramo! It has smaller leaves with thicker, waxier exteriors. They feel almost fake!   After that we had lunch, atop the mountains surrounding the volcanoes.    Next we moved into San Jose where we learned about the up and coming electric…