|Executive director of Maritime Gloucester Tom Balf helps load scientific equipment aboard the schooner Ardelle. Today marked our first charter of 2012 season!|
|Executive Director Tom Balf|
Today marked the start of a new collaborative effort, called the Ocean Explorers Program, which will provide more than 600 Gloucester 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students a chance to learn first-hand what it is like to be a marine or physical scientist. This National Oceanic and Atmosphereic Administration (NOAA) supported informal educational program is being conducted by Maritime Gloucester at their waterfront museum/educational facility and onboard the Schooner Ardelle.
We arrived at the dock this a.m. and loaded up the educations gear for the students. This was the first day of the Ocean Explorer Program which will continue through late June. We applaud all the kids, teachers, and experts in the field who got out on the water on a pretty cold, drizzly day. We noticed that when the kids left the dock, they were quiet but after an hour on the Ardelle and learning some very cool things using scientific equipment, underwater cameras and the like - they looked like they were having a great time!
|Gloucester 5th graders on their way down the dock.|
|The kids were a little apprehensive at first!|
|On board, they received some great instruction|
|They had a good time.|
|Mayor Carolyn Kirk of Gloucester came down to greet the kids. She was great to stop by.|
|Our fine photographer Kirk Williamson of the Cape Ann Beacon. Sorry I cut your head off, Kirk.|
|The real thing. Stumpy is the official shipyard cat along the Harbor Loop waterfront where Maritime Gloucester is located.|