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. 

View at BIOS on a calm morning. Fish and coral at North Rock taken by a MSSEP cadet with an underwater camera.   "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, what do we do? We SWIM!" Today, the MSSEP cadets were able to take the journey of a lifetime to the North Rock which lies nine miles off the coast of Bermuda. Why was I just singing Dory’s famous song? The reef we snorkeled on today was so picturesque that it looked just like Nemo’s home reef in Disney’s Finding Nemo. Waking up and shoving breakfast into our mouths as fast as we can, we ran down to the docks to load up the boats. Cohort A board the R/V Rumline and Cohort B boarded the R/V Strommel which are both based out…
Today we went the farthest I’ve ever gone offshore diving. It was a place 7 miles offshore called North Rock. Here we saw several species that I’ve never seen before which consisted of a bunch of beautiful and allusive fish that I probably would never have encountered without this opportunity. I learned a lot about the common species that you may encounter during a dive this time of year and kept track of each species and how many my partner and I encountered throughout the dive. It was very cool to connect the dots from yesterday’s fish identification lecture and today’s dive.     North Rock then (1890) and now (2020).      
Today was a very first day on the job sight. Despite my lack of experience and knowledge in the field of house building I had a wonderful time at the work site. Following a hearty breakfast, my group headed to our first job site which was quite literally a stone's throw away from where we are housed. There we completed some yard work, which entailed leveling the soil around the foundation of the house. Then we constructed a wall! My nailing skills were subpar I will not deny it.  Later in the day at the second job site, however, I feel that I redeemed myself. Along with several of my classmates, we began to put on the siding of the house, and not to toot our horns but, it looked pretty…
Hello everyone! I am 4/C Molly Field from Manchester, Massachusetts. Today, we gathered by the dock waiting to board the boats at 0815. We were going to be driving out to North Rock, about 10 miles offshore. It was a forty minute ride there, and we were greeted by pretty large swells. The waves were insane. Looking down, I could see a giant color reef. The water was crystal clear and the view was absolutely breathtaking. I snorkeled alongside my friend 4/C Kate Smith. We took notes on a waterproof clipboard of what types of fish we could see and how many there were.  Over the course of the trip so far, we’ve had many lectures including how to identify corals and fish. It was so cool to me…
Today was an amazing day and something really special to be a part of. We started the morning off with a prayer circle which Carlos, who is in charge of where we are staying led us in a prayer to protect all workers on the job site.  It really started our early morning off on a relaxing positive note before we headed to work. So far I can say this experience has been beyond rewarding. I learned so many new tasks that I never thought I could have completed but with the team work at the job site, I am convinced that we can complete anything together. When we began our journey today on the job site the house was missing parts of the roof and had no siding or doors. By the time we left the…
  Today we visited Hobbitanango. For you Lord of the Rings fans it’s an area famous for their hobbit houses.  After our late breakfast of some good French toast and bananas at 0830, we had time to go to the ATM and look around a few stores for gifts. Professor Lennon picked us up from the Hostel at 0940 to take us to the office where they would take us to Hobbitanango. When we got to Hobbitanango the first thing we noticed was that the place had a great view of Antigua and the surrounding area. The place had archery, hatchet and machete throwing, a rope swing that everyone loved, and a small golf course to enjoy.  I tasted this delicious hot chocolate that had cinnamon and…
Today we went out on the Henry Stomble and visited the North Rock coral sight. We saw a wide variety of fish, like the Black Grouper, Barracuda, and numerous different Parrotfish. Then we came back to BIOS and dissected a Lionfish that we speared. It was very interesting. My friends and I  later went fishing off the dock and caught a Lizard Fish. Then we went to a lecture on Plankton and learned a lot. They do a lot more than I thought. They photosynthesize and create 50% of the oxygen you breathe. Then we caught plankton in the towing net and observed how they move and interact with each other.     Did you know that Lizard Fish only eat live fish?  They have dozens of razor…
  Today was Group B’s first day in the field. Upon arrival at Site 1 in Lake Panasoffkee, the cadets were greeted by Volunteer Coordinator Carlos and Site Supervisor Travis. The two gentlemen briefed the cadets on site safety and the Habitat’s mission once again. Group B also had the wonderful opportunity to meet the future homeowner of house number one. She enlightened the cadets on her current less-than-fortunate situation and thanked them for helping to improve her life in the near future. After the brief words, the cadets were divided into two groups, some stayed at Site 1 and others ventured down the road to Site 2. Group B started off a little slow, but quickly got the hang…
  Hello, everyone!  I’m Doug Walker from Cape Cod, Massachusetts! The day started off very interesting as we were leaving Rancho Margot we traveled to the northwest region of the country.  We can see the vast differences in the landscape. Near Rancho Margot, the brush was fairly scarce and there were a lot of holes in the ground due to the 1968 eruption of the Arenal Volcano. As we traveled closer to the Pacific Ocean, the air became much drier compared to the constant overcast and rain we had at Rancho Margot due to it being in the rainforest. Then we visited a wind farm at Guanacaste. The year-old farm has 9 turbines producing 2.3 MW. The view at the highest windmill was…
  Today we left Rancho Margot, not before a final, amazing, breakfast. We hopped on our bus and headed for Miravalles. Miravalles is a geothermal plant. Miravalles is also the name of the volcano next to the plant. The magma in the chamber of the volcano is the same that heats the water in the reservoirs. We discussed how renewable geothermal is if some of the steam escapes and isn't put back into the reservoir as condensate. Our guide, Frederico, who is a chemical engineer was telling us how they treat the water to avoid calcification of pipelines.  After we finished our quick tour of the plant we got back on our bus for a long ride to a solar wind farm. On the way, we stopped…