Harvey Gamage. A two-week sailing excursion for high school students will take place aboard the vessel. PHOTO COURTESY OF OCEAN PASSAGES

Summer sailing excursion open to high school students



PORTLANDBaxter Academy for Technology and Science is partnering with Ocean Passages to offer an inaugural two-week sailing excursion open to all Maine high school students. Launching this summer, the program will allow students to gain nautical experience and earn digital badges in marine sciences while exploring the Maine coast aboard the 130-foot wooden schooner, Harvey Gamage. Students will be able to meet science credits towards graduation requirements.

Harvey Gamage will depart from Portland Harbor July 22 and travel up the coast. Students will learn how to sail a tall ship, participating in everything from watch shifts to navigation to food prep.

The program is intended to connect Maine high school students with the marine sciences that drive the state’s coastal economy. Each student will choose a specialty and will work with professional researchers and entrepreneurs at specified sites from Damariscotta to Stonington. Opportunities for field work range from studying seaweed to oyster farms to lobster hatcheries.

“One of the reasons that this project is so exciting to us is that it connects the most important components of project-based, experiential learning,” said Heather D’Ippolito, partnership and outreach coordinator at Baxter Academy. “Students will be thinking about real world problems and engaging with solutions through partnerships with experts in their fields. The fact that they get to do this work while travelling aboard the Harvey Gamage is an amazing bonus. When Ocean Passages approached us to partner on this project, we could not pass up the invitation.”

For information, contact Heather D’Ippolito at 420-6068 or [email protected].

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