school groups come to Ernestina with open agendas
about the schooner and the voyage and more
questions than answers about what they want to
learn onboard. Other groups choose to use
Ernestina as a platform for applying specific
skills and knowledge gained in the classroom.
field trip focus for the Blue Hills Regional High
School was mathematics, and many of the students
are taking geometry and trigonometry classes.
They came to Ernestina to focus on math and on
how the concepts theyre learning in class
can be applied in a maritime environment.
This morning the students arrived at 0900. In
addition to some of our more often-mentioned
stations, such as the Math in Simple Machines,
Bow and Helm, and Chart Navigation, two
experimental stations explored (1)traditional and
new navigational technologies, and (2)using the
geometric properties of isosceles triangles to
determine position relative to a single point of
Five groups moved through three of the
stations before lunch, then rainfall reinforced
our plan for the afternoon: take students below
decks and show them how the ship operates. A
quick poll of the group revealed we had several
culinary arts students, several engineering
students (electrical, heating/cooling), drafting,
construction trades, cabinetmaking, and more.
Tucked away in holds of their interests, the
groups were curious and asked many good questions
about the boat, her history, and how various
systems onboard work. Some crewmembers fielded
career-related questions about marine-based
career options. Several expressed interest in our
open enrollment sails for next season.
Program Coordinator: MaryHelen
Captain: Sophie Morse
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Fred Sterner leads a station in mechanical
advantage and simple machines.