Connecticut students to spend semester at sea
Students from New Milford and Washington will be among the 35 Connecticut cadets aboard the upcoming sea term with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
The TS Kennedy, the academy’s 540-foot training vessel, will travel through the newly expanded Panama Canal and crossing the equator. Cadets crossing the equator for the first time will participate in a Shellback Ceremony. The ship will also make stops in Balboa, Panama, Golfito, Costa Rica, Willemstad, Curacao, and Tampa, Fla.
K-12 classes throughout the country can virtually participate with the Follow the Voyage — Share the Experience Program, providing a real-life focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More than 12,000 students from 23 states followed along last year.
It features cadet blogs, the captain’s log, mascot blogs, photographs, videos, special features and a corresponding hands-on curriculum. It also looks at the culture of the port cities in addition to the nautical activities.
The cadets major in marine engineering, marine transportation or facilities engineering. Some of the issues they tackle while on board are weather forecasting, celestial navigation, ocean currents, rust removal, engine maintenance, sewerage treatment, firefighting and seawater desalination.
This year, the voyage will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower arriving in Plymouth. A pilgrim doll named Giles Hopkins will be traveling with the regular mascot, Little Buc. Both have blogs that appear twice a week. It will also highlight cadets who are descendants of the Mayflower passengers.
The ship leaves in January for the seven-week term.
To register, educators should reach out to Nancy A. Franks at