Published On: Mon, Nov 7th, 2016

The TS Kennedy is coming to Curaçao

Elementary and middle schools are invited to follow the voyage

maritime1WILLEMSTAD - On Sunday, January 8th, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s training ship, TS Kennedy will depart Buzzards Bay for a six-week term at sea.  Aboard will be seven-hundred cadets who are majoring in Marine Engineering or Marine Transportation.  The ship’s first port of call will be Willemstad, Curaçao.

Back home in the United States, over two-thousand elementary and middle school students from eleven different states and Puerto Rico will be taking part in the Follow The Voyage program.  Sea Term will run from January 8th to February 19th.  Students will read an online blog documenting the experiences of the cadets taking part in Sea Term 2017.  The daily blog entries will be written by cadet Emily Casella and the ship’s captain, Michael J. Campbell.  Each day, classroom teachers will be able to select related lessons that include real-life application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  There will also be engaging activities posted that incorporate language arts, social studies, and character development – most created exclusively for Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

As students Follow The Voyage, they’ll feel like they’re actually on the TS Kennedy as they witness the day-to-day life and learning of the cadets onboard. Participants will also experience the food, art, and culture of the TS Kennedy’s exciting ports of call - Willemstad, Curacao, Bridgetown, Barbados, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida - all without ever leaving the classroom.  An exciting community service project will parallel the humanitarian work of the Massachusetts Maritime cadets as they drop off supplies in Haiti.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy would like to invite elementary and middle schools in Curacao to participate in the 2017 Follow The Voyage program.  Interested administrators, teachers, and librarians are asked to contact Follow The Voyage coordinator, Nancy A. Franks at by Wednesday, November 30th.

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