Filed under: Education, Experiential education, life, maritime | Tags: boat building, Jamestown Distributors
Jamestown Distributors and Off Center Harbor.com produced this great video about building boats with kids. It’s definitely worth watching and is guaranteed to generate a smile or two. Enjoy.
Filed under: Education, Experiential education, life, sail training | Tags: Experiential education, sail training, Tall Ship Education Academy, Tall Ship Semester for Girls
From the Tall Ship Education Academy blog:
The Tall Ship Education Academy, like many wonderful non profits, has been losing significant funding over the past year of economic turmoil. Because of this, our Board of Directors recently made the tough decision to suspend operations of the Tall Ship Education Academy for the next year or two.
During this suspension, we will not run our programs: Tall Ship Semester for Girls, Girls Summer at Sea or Women’s Challenge. We will become a fully volunteer organization and close our office at SF State.
This year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the very first Tall Ship Semester for Girls. As many of you know, the Tall Ship Education Academy began with a pilot project in 1998 run by Caitlin Schwarzman as part of her Masters Thesis at SF State University. Due to its success, Mercy High School supported Caitlin in expanding the one week pilot to a full semester program. In the spring of 1999, twelve girls explored the California and Mexico coast aboard the Californian. The next year, Nettie Kelly joined the 2nd Tall Ship Semester for Girls, as an instructor and the following year became the director of the program.
We are very proud of the work that we have done in providing a life-changing experience for over 125 girls. Our continued contact with these girls shows that they are confidently pursuing education, participating in their community and exploring the world. We will look to this core group of people to be a part of our research efforts in the near future, and as integral members of the next phase of this organization.
In ten years, the Tall Ship Semester for Girls has evolved into a Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited non profit educational organization. We are recognized for providing powerful developmental experiences for Bay Area young women. We are truly a community based organization, depending on the support of individuals, organizations, foundations and institutions for our existence. The suspension of our programs is in some ways a symptom of the health of our community.
We want to thank you for your interest in and support of the Tall Ship Education Academy. We have done our work because you have been a part of our vision for girls’ education. We hope you will continue to play that vital role in our community.
Hopefully their suspension will be short-lived because this is exactly the type of program which we should be encouraging, promoting, supporting and celebrating. It’s where sail training can do it’s best work.
This is what will be missed.
YouTube – Tall Ship Semester for Girls
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Filed under: Education, Experiential education, sail training | Tags: Experiential education, Oystercatcher Media, sail training, Sea Education Association
Every college student in
America the world could benefit from this experience…
YouTube – A Five Minute Look at SEA Semester
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Filed under: Education, Experiential education, life, maritime heritage, sail training, storytelling | Tags: sail training, storytelling, Tabor Academy, tall ships, The Tabor Boy Project
We’ve just tacked over at The Tabor Boy Project with a new masthead (above) and color scheme. While you’re there, check out all of the great new content too!
Filed under: Education, Environment, Experience, Experiential education, life, maritime, Oceans, sail training | Tags: college, high school, sail training, Sea Education Association, study abroad, video
Following up on my last post about Sea Education Association, here’s an awesome video that captures the spirit of adventure and learning integral to the SEA experience. Enjoy it and pass it on!
YouTube – SEA Semester – Pursue it
Filed under: Education, Environment, Experience, Experiential education, Leadership, life, maritime, Oceans, sail training, sailing, tall ships | Tags: college, SEA, Sea Education Association, study abroad, tall ships
If you are a college student, or know one, who wants to make the most out of your college experience, you (they) have to check out SEA, which stands for Sea Education Association. At SEA, not only will you study “overseas” you’ll study in them too!
Located in Woods Hole, MA, USA, SEA offers semester long college accredited programs on 2 tall ships in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that challenge you intellectually and physically by combining a sailing adventure of a lifetime with the study of the deep ocean. I could go on and on about the benefits of this experience but SEA president John Bullard already made a most persuasive case here.
If for some crazy reason John hasn’t convinced you, maybe these short videos shot by program graduates will.
Take your academic career to new heights, literally! Better than looking at a blackboard all day in the middle of January!
YouTube – Sailing the Pacific- 3
Imagine challenging yourself to do something outside your comfort zone and making some amazing friendships in the process.
YouTube – Aloft
How about learning from touching something alive that you actually caught?
YouTube – Squid Jigging on SEA Semester
YouTube – SEA Semester class S213’s Jumbo Squid
And who said school can’t be fun? I guarantee that in the future you will think of the SEA experience more fondly than that Political Science lecture every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
YouTube – S-199
Now, if you need a reason for why this might be important to you and the rest of the planet, you have to watch this video of Dr. Bob Ballard’s presentation at the February 2008 TED Conference. There is a whole new world for you to explore and there’s no better opportunity to do so than aboard an SEA tall ship.
YouTube – Robert Ballard: Exploring the ocean’s hidden worlds
Finally, some sound advice from Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Launch your SEA adventure here!
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