Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program For K-12 Students

January 6th – February 23rd

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The start of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Sea Term 2020 is fast approaching!  We invite K-12 educators to participate in our Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program with their students.  It’s the ultimate free STEM adventure on land and sea.  2020 promises to be the best year yet!

In 2019, over 12,000 K-12 students from twenty-three different states witnessed the day-to-day life and learning of cadets onboard the TS Kennedy.  Thanks to cadet blogs, the Captain’s log, mascot blogs, photographs, videos, special features, and a unique hands-on curriculum, students virtually traveled with six-hundred cadets aboard the TS Kennedy, the training ship of the Academy.  Each day, students read about and watched the shipboard responsibilities of Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, or Facilities Engineering majors.  As the cadets tackled 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 took part in parallel hands-on lessons back in their classrooms. They also experienced the food, art, and culture of the ship’s four exciting ports of call - all without ever leaving the classroom. 

This year, the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy will be transiting the newly expanded Panama Canal and crossing the equator.  Cadets who are crossing the equator for the first time will participate in a Shellback Ceremony.  The ship will also stop in Panama, Costa Rica, Curacao, and Tampa, Florida.  

Students may also follow the winter experiences of Massachusetts Maritime cadets.  This year, Emergency Management majors will be traveling to central Florida or Guatemala, Marine Science, Science, & Environmental Protection majors will be traveling to Bermuda. International Maritime Business majors will be traveling to Thailand, and Energy Systems Engineering majors will be traveling to Costa Rica.  Whether cadets are on land or at sea, close to home or halfway around the world, followers have an opportunity to learn, work, and grow right along with them.  

Educators love the comprehensive Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience curriculum linked to the Common Core Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.  Many of the engaging lessons and hands-on activities have been created exclusively for Massachusetts Maritime Academy.   The curriculum also incorporates language arts, social studies, and fine arts.   Educators have the freedom to select the activities that best fit the age and ability level of their students.  There is truly something for everyone!

This year, the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program is partnering with Plimoth Plantation and the Plymouth 400 Committee.  A Pilgrim doll named Giles Hopkins will be traveling with the official Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience mascot, Little Buc.  All of Giles Hopkins’s posts will be fully vetted by Kate LaPrad, Plymouth Plantation’s Director of Special Projects & Strategic Partnerships to guarantee their historical accuracy.  

Participating in the program is free of charge. 
Educators may register an individual class, a grade level, a school, or the entire district.

Registering early is encouraged. Once you’re registered, you’ll receive regular emails and newsletters as Massachusetts Maritime Academy begins the countdown to January 2020.

Email Nancy Franks at to register. Please include your name, an email address, the school name and address, and the approximate number of students that will be participating.  You will immediately receive a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the FTV-STX Program.

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