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 my group and I went on a snorkeling expedition to Bailey's Bay.  It was a blast. The water was a little cold but our wetsuits kept us warm. My snorkel buddy and I swam up against the rock because sea life and marine organisms like structure. There we saw an incredible amount of colors and fish of all different shapes and sizes. It was like a scene from Blue Planet, so much going on and so much to look at. It was truly a life changing moment for me here in Bermuda.    
I am 4/C Josh Griffin, a member of the Green Team here on the Bermuda Experiential Learning Trip 2020. Today was a double-diving day. Typically, we spend half the day in the classroom and the other half outside, but today we went to two different diving locations. My group, Cohort A, went snorkeling at North Lagoon in the morning. There were so many different types of fish, I lost track. We saw everything from a little Foureye Butterfly to the largest Parrotfish most of us have ever seen. There were multiple types of Parrtofish including some Blue Parrotfish, Queen Parrotfish, which have a blue and yellow body with blue, green, and yellow stripes around the lips, and a Rainbow Parrotfish.…
Today we woke up and took a group picture of everyone together at the docks behind the Wright Hall building. Then we took a bus to Achilles’s Bay, where we went snorkeling around the bay and observed the fish and coral. We even saw an octopus hiding inside of the rocks, he was so snugly hidden away. I’m surprised we even saw him! After we went snorkeling at Achilles’s Bay, we decided that wasn’t enough, and hopped on the Stommel and went snorkeling again at a new location. There, we saw all kinds of coral, from fire coral to purple fan coral to brain coral. We also saw a squid for the first time for the entire trip! After that, we had a presentation about plastics being caught in the…
“When I went on vacations to Bermuda and Hawaii, I went snorkeling and got to see the beautiful fish and coral reefs.  I got to see the sunrise in Hawaii as I was snorkeling.” Name: Kaila C. Collins Hometown: Kingston, MA “Before I came here, I went snorkeling in the Bahamas.  I loved seeing the coral and all of the marine life.  I’d be inches away from fish.  I had never owned or used a wet suit, so it was a really cool to put one on and now own one.” Name: Thomas J. Wagner Hometown: Mystic, CT “I snorkeled in Bermuda before.  I never wore a wet suit before I got here.” Name: Jennifer R. Mills Hometown: Waltham, MA “I even have my SCUBA certificate.  The idea of breathing underwater…
I am interested in extending to engineering after graduation so that I can actually create and research changes to be made with the environment.”  Name: Katherine L. Gillis Hometown: Mattapoisett, MA “I would like to work in a museum or an aquarium.” Name: Ryan E. Castle Hometown: West Sacramento, CA “Environmental police…firefighter…police officer.”  Name: Lucas Lapham Hometown: Pembroke, MA “Catching fish and tagging them or something of that nature..”  Name: William R. Vaughan Hometown: New Kent, VA “To find somewhere to be a marine biologist.  I have to get more years of school to become a researcher.”  Name: Ashley Flores Hometown: North Andover, MA School:  Atkinson…
“Kelp farming and ecotourism are topics that I am passionate about.” Name: Isabella J. Noonan Hometown: Wrentham, MA “Sea turtles have always been my favorite animals for as long as I can remember.” Name: Grace Calvert Hometown: Windsor, MA “Coral bleaching and invasive species are both causes that I care about.”  Name: Josh A. Griffin Hometown: Mansfield, MA “I am worried about ocean warming because that affects all life in the ocean.  If the ocean warms up too much, then all life will perish.  I cannot let that happen.  I need to make a change.” Name: Thomas J. Wagner Hometown: Mystic, CT “I want to solve the plastic crisis in the ocean.” Name: Max J. Segatore Hometown: Plymouth,…
“Freshman year in biology, we did a  marine biology project on how plastics were effecting the marine animals,  I also took a Science & Public Policy class senior year and did a term-long project selling reusable water bottles.  We sold them to everyone around school and donated the profits to the school’s environmental science club.” Name: Hannah E. Tarbox Hometown: Braintree, MA School:  Hanover High School / Attleboro High School “For my senior project, I raised quail to release into the wild to help the rapidly decreasing population.” Name: Gavin K. Engstrom Hometown: Falmouth, MA School: Falmouth High School “I was the founding member of my school’s Beekeeping Club which really…
“Growing up, our family summer home was in Manomet.  It was a happy place where all of our cousins, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. would be together.  My grandfather loved clamming and he used seawater for fertilizer for his plants.  This always made me wonder why my mother always said that the ocean heals everything.”  Name: Katherine L. Gillis Hometown: Mattapoisett, MA “I have grown up only a few miles from the shore.  I also fished all the time whether it was salt or freshwater.  I have a long maritime history in my family.”  Name: Jack A. Boulter Hometown: Pembroke, MA “I live in a small town that is called Manchester-By-The-Sea.  There are beaches everywhere.  I spent my summers…
“For the science fair, I studied the density of bird nests that I found in trees and bushed.” Name: Gavin K. Engstrom Hometown: Falmouth, MA School: Morse Pond Middle School “For Girl Scouts we were able to camp inside the Mystic Aquarium and get a behind-the-scenes tour.  I slept near the shark tank and watched them all night, sparking my interest in marine animals.” Name: Blythe Stephenson Hometown: West Greenwich, RI School: Exeter-West Greenwich Junior High School “We dissected squid that were common in our area.  We studied gender, body parts, and the overall function of the squid.” Name: Henry E. Mattson Hometown: Rockport, MA School:  Rockport Middle School         “My 8th…
“We raised tadpoles and documented them as they evolved into frogs.” Name: Gavin K. Engstrom Hometown: Falmouth, MA School: Mullin Hall Elementary School “When I was in third grade, my class took a trip to the pond down the street. We took a cup of water from it any looked at it under the microscope.”  Name: Robert Foley Hometown: Norwell, MA School:  Grace Farrar Elementary School “Seeing caterpillars transform into butterflies really made me appreciate nature at a young age.”  Name: Maia R. Ostomecki Hometown: North Brookfield, MA School:  North Brookfield Elementary School “In 5th grade, my elementary school held a science fair.  My best friend and I did our project on the oil spill…