Winter 2016 Educational Passages Newsletter

New Horizons

Creating Creative Collaborations
Educational Passages is asking colleagues and friends to help with forming panel discussions for the 2016 National Marine Educator Association (NMEA) Conference, hosted this coming June in Orlando, Florida. The 2016 NMEA conference topics include: global connections, technology connections, classroom connections, informal education connections, and educational research connections. As these topics are parallel with Educational Passages’ focuses, and there are many experts who are also miniboat enthusiasts, we are planning for two international panel discussions, including international representatives from Belgium and Portugal. One panel discussion is about “Bringing the Ocean into Your Classroom” and will address how to involve and inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to understand and appreciate science fields. The second panel discussion covers “Using Drifters and Miniboats as Economical Research Platforms”. This panel discussion will address ways students use miniboats and drifters to work with experts, developing news ways to explore the ocean and learn earth science. Check out about these ideas and more at the coming 2016 NMEA conference in Orlando, Florida!

Big Plans in Portugal
Portugal is hosting a national contest where students from different areas of Portugal will be challenged to have their miniboats cross the Atlantic. There will be three miniboats competing with Portuguese school students cheering them on. The starting points are Portugal mainland, Azores and Madeira. This international connection was sparked by miniboat West who started in Westbrook, Maine and ended in Portugal. Recently West was re-launched with help from 30 students back into the Atlantic Ocean on January 28, 2016 (shown in photo). Luis Sebastiao, a representative of Portugal, has been spearheading this re-launch and commented “this [re-launching West] is a project that’s very important and cherished for us. We feel that this educational project is very effective in getting students to be more involved in ocean issues.”

Pictured: miniboat West being launched of the Portugal coast Find out more about West and the friends who helped relaunch her by visiting:

Students See the Seas!
This international, educational event is designed for students to send five-foot, unmanned sailboats across the Atlantic while tracking them online. We hope to engage students around the world and create a network of students who can work together, coordinating landing miniboats, outreaching to fix miniboats, and re-sending their miniboats back out to complete a circle around the Atlantic Ocean.
All the while learning about ocean sciences, international relations, and having fun!
It is anticipated students from at least six countries will participate including:Portugal, the Canary Islands, Belgium, Spain, Newfoundland, and the United States.
Get ready to join the fun from your own classroom at the 2016 Atlantic Miniboat Regatta!
For more info or to get involved contact: Dick Baldwin at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIEDO Portuguese students launching miniboat West, originally from Westbrook Maine, into the Atlantic Ocean!