Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience

Nancy Franks

January on Cape Cod is usually quite peaceful — unless of course you visit Taylor’s Point on Buzzard’s Bay!  The Massachusetts Maritime Academy campus is buzzing with excitement as cadets and faculty prepare to travel the world on land and sea.

The Training Ship Kennedy is preparing to depart on the seven-week rite of passage known as Sea Term. This year’s voyage will have cadets and crew traveling to Cartagena, Colombia, Bridgetown, Barbados, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Tampa, Florida. Over the course of the voyage, cadets apply the “do” portion of the Academy's motto, Learn, Do, Learn.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Follow the Voyage – Share The Experience program is a free, one-of-a-kind STEM adventure for K-12 students.  It provides participants with an opportunity to learn alongside the cadets - all without ever leaving their classrooms.  This year close to 10,000 elementary, middle, and high school students from sixteen states and Bermuda will participate.

Thanks to cadet blogs, captain’s logs, photographs, videos, and a unique hands-on curriculum, students can virtually travel with over six-hundred cadets aboard the TS Kennedy, the training ship of the academy.  Each day, students will read about and watch the shipboard responsibilities of Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation majors.  As the cadets tackle challenging topics such as weather forecasting, celestial navigation, ocean currents, rust removal, engine maintenance, sewerage treatment, firefighting, and seawater desalination aboard the TS Kennedy, students can take part in parallel hands-on lessons back in their classrooms. Participants will also experience the food, art, and culture of the ship’s four exciting ports of call.

In addition to following the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy, participants can also check in with other cadets from other majors who will be learning around the globe:

Emergency Management: traveling to central Florida and Haiti
Energy Systems Engineering and Facilities Engineering: traveling to Costa Rica
Marine Safety & Environmental Protection: traveling to Bermuda
International Maritime Business: traveling to Singapore and South Africa

Although Follow the Voyage – Share The Experience has an educational focus, parents, relatives, friends, and members of the community are invited to log onto followthevoyage.com to see and virtually “follow” the cadets.  This is also a unique opportunity for prospective students to discover what learning at Massachusetts Maritime Academy is all about.

As our cadets travel the globe, we are excited to have you share in their adventures! We invite you to visit followthevoyage.com to explore the web site, or click the link on the MMA home page. If you have any questions or comments about Follow the Voyage – Share The Experience, don’t hesitate to contact the program coordinator, Nancy A. Franks, at ftv@maritime.edu.