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Date: Saturday, September 30, 2000
Time: 1500 EDT

Maritime Math Callback –

Pick a perfect fall day, invite a group of middle and high school math teachers to come together again, and head out to Fall River. That’s what happened when the teachers of the Maritime Math Content Institute convened on September 30th for their first call back to further their studies of applied math and science aboard Schooner Ernestina.

Nine teachers from Attleboro, Falmouth, Worcester, Silver Lake, Brockton and the Cape Cod Collaborative gathered for the first of three callback sessions to continue the work they began this summer. The teachers along with Ron Norsworthy and Frank Giuliano of Bridgewater State College received a full orientation of the ship and divided into watches to run the ship for the 11-hour transit. Paul Anthony, a physics teacher, led the group in an interesting lesson on the physics of sail theory. Fred Sterner, chief mate, brought the group further along in their education of chart navigation and mechanical advantage.

The teachers were very ambitious and explored all areas of the ship. Tracy Lavengood from Wachusett Regional High School was the first to climb up the ratlines to the spreaders. A spirited group gathered to form the Bowsprit Furlers and included Michael Tierney, Joe Basile, and Dan Dobbins. They were quite content spend a good deal of time out on the bowsprit theorizing about the force, speed, and rate of water moving under them.

The ship arrived in Fall River at sunset and was greeted but a crowd of enthusiastic Boy Scouts aboard the JFK battleship. With the sails furled and the docklines secured, the teachers left the ship looking forward to completing their course units and gathering again in the spring to present them.

Captain: Sophie Morse
Program Coordinators: Crista Mellican, Polly Zajac

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