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. 

“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…
Today was like a half day for group B. We all split up in the morning and went to two different locations.  My group went to a neighborhood to paint houses and clean. My duty of the day was to power wash the outside of a house so it can be painted tomorrow. Despite the many spiders webs that attacked me, it was a very satisfying job. In the end, I was very wet and covered in dirt, but I felt very accomplished for the three hours.   In the afternoon we all went to the Kings Of Knight Village for a cookout. Although my group was not there yet, they had a small ceremony for the owners of houses that never got a little celebration. At this little neighborhood, I saw a stone thanking…
  Today was a scorcher for February!  Maybe not for the Floridians, but it certainly was for those of us from New England. Temperatures on site reached 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the heat, the cadets worked tirelessly on both sites. Group B continued to put up siding on both houses. Teams of cadets worked on measuring, cutting, installing, and ensuring each board was level. The teams moved quickly around the homes, adding more and more boards each time they went around. Groups of other cadets worked up on the roofs. They installed the facia for the gables of the roof. The heat of the sun hit the cadets on the roof very hard. All cadets were instructed by the Habitat staff and…
Group photo on the BIOS dock. 4/C Jack Boulter, 4/C Ryan Shaughnessy, 4/C Lucas Lapham, on the RV Stommel at Bailey's Bay.   What an incredible day! The MSSEP cadets spent the WHOLE day in the water exploring different reefs around Bermuda. We checked out Bailey's Bay and Achilles Bay, spotting some pretty epic critters! We started off the day with the classic group photo on BIOS’s dock and in front of the main building in our matching group shirts that 1/C Nolan Bradley (Upton, MA) designed for us. Right after the pictures, we grabbed our snorkeling gear and set off for the day! The morning swims were pretty chilly because it was overcast and very windy. Getting into the cold…
Hiking on the Railway Trail on a beautiful day! Cadets observe the Blue Hole at Walsingham before jumping off the cliffs into the chilly water.   Hello, everyone! We have officially hit Hump-Day on our very busy Bermuda experience and we are still going strong on our adventures. Today, we had an incredible experience that I am sure none of us will ever forget; we got to swim in CAVES! We were also able to contribute to the World Wetland Day database for species diversity at Lover’s Lake in Bermuda. On the first excursion of the day, we went to Walsingham Nature Reserve where we were able to learn from Dready all the flora and fauna in the many different ecosystems found there.…
Mathematics: "I enjoyed the speed game we played with my teacher, Mr. Waterhouse, for extra points on homework grades." Name: 4/C John M. Warren Hometown: Sutton, MA "Planning out how to spend $1,000,000." Name: 4/C Codey J. Murray Hometown: Whitman, MA "Racing my class in times tables races" Name: 4/C Neil W. Collins Hometown: Wrentham, MA "Middle school is when I started to find out that math was my best subject. I started Algebra and my teacher did a great job introducing me to the basics." Name: 4/C Lukas J. Janulaitis Hometown: Centerville, MA "We learned the mathematics that went into bridge building and then we had to build our own bridges using hot glue and little wooden…
Several Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience participants have emailed to asked for more information about the lionfish that 1/C Megan Laurie mentioned in a recent post.  Here you go! Evidence of lionfish in Bermuda was first recorded two decades ago.  It is believed that these natives to the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean were accidentally introduced into the waters off the coast of Florida sometime in the 1980s.  How?  Although they do not know the exact source, scientists believe that people have released unwanted lionfish from their home aquariums into the ocean for years. You may think that discovering a new colorful species of fish off the coast of Bermuda has residents of the…
"I'm fascinated with alternative energy, especially nuclear. I think it gets a bad reputation due to a few mistakes." Name: 4/C Adam C. Lanctot Hometown: Foxboro, MA "I worked as an electrician during high school and I'm good at math so I figured I could combine the two and make a good amount of money." Name: 4/C Adam C. Beal Hometown: Barnstable, MA "The combination of the sciences of physics and chemistry along with my passion for drafting and design inspired me to pursue a degree in ESE. Also, the diversity of the jobs offered after school was intriguing." Name: 4/C Dawson C. Potter Hometown: Milford, MA        
Everyone woke up around 6:00 this morning as the routine of going to Violetta’s everyday continued. Heading to bed a little earlier last night, I was feeling rather energized to get the workday going. Violetta prepared us a hearty serving of bananas with strawberries on top of waffles drenched in syrup. After this, the group and I met up with Eduardo to head out to Santa Maria de Jesus for the day. When we arrived, we continued our work from yesterday which was to color the stairwell walls. As we spread the teal colored paint, 10:00 came and we took a quick break. Thankfully, Eduardo brought us a half loaf of banana bread that the other groups had raved about in the past. I devoured…
Today was amazing. We were briefed on what we were planning on doing last night and we were told that we were going to be snorkeling at the crème de la crème of reefs around Bermuda so we all had high expectations. We departed from the dock at 0830 and were off to the North Rock reefs. It was one of the best weather days so far being sunny, cloudless, 70 degrees, and light wind. That being said, the boat ride over wasn’t too rough. Once we arrived at the reefs, my dive partner and I dove in. We were basically free to go wherever we wanted as long as we were in sight of the boat. The visibility underwater was perfect.  You could see everything. There were patches of large, complex reefs…