So, this isn’t as exciting as our first sailing posts, however– for the kids, they definitely got their sleeves wet! The NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) has become one of my new favorite educational resources. Despite the (since Oct. 1) “non-essential’ government funding classification, their mission remains–
Science, Service, and Stewardship.
To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts,
To share that knowledge and information with others, and
To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.
As luck would have it, we aren’t more than a fifteen minutes from the nation’s first national marine sanctuary– the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS). It’s just like a National Park– just under water! And their mission also fosters public awareness of marine resources and maritime heritage through scientific research, monitoring, exploration, education and outreach! Thankfully they offer some great classes in our area: Buoy Building and ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) design, production and testing through problem based learning objectives. I was able to hook up with their office in the area and have the kids enjoy working individually and in groups to create their own ‘buoys’ and ‘ROVs’. It was a great learning experience in engineering (design, water pressure, and buoyancy– just to start).