06/22/12 - "I am smart on Roseway."

"I am smart on Roseway."

Another week aboard Roseway has come to a close, and we've said goodbye to another great group of kids. This time our students were from the Revere Public School system, a team-up with World Ocean School to kick off a summer program for middle school students who are having a tough time staying on track for high school. Students from Rumney Marsh Academy, Garfield School and Susan B. Anthony School became one crew on board Roseway, participating as a team in everything from "I'm-a-stars" to boat checks and lessons. This crew will even continue working together off the boat expanding on the concepts learned this week, and even utilizing their data collected on board during their boat checks.

Kris Oldoni from the Rumney Marsh Academy wants to keep a partnership alive for the future stating, "our students embraced this experience with an enthusiasm that was rarely exhibited during the school year within the 4 walls of the classroom."

It's normal to start off the a week program with World Ocean School where kids don't understand concepts like density, buoyancy, resistance, the equation for speed and other concepts. But by the end of the week, we expect them to know this stuff--even kids who may think they are not good learners. These kids were no exception. By Friday they were reporting, with heads held high, that the keel is what keeps Roseway moving in a straight line, or that lift is how we get power to move our 260-ton vessel, or that water's density is 1 g/ml. It is a remarkable and empowering experience for these young students, particularly as they have been categorized as "underachievers" or "at-risk."

The ability for these students to master new concepts was cool, but what was really noteworthy about this week was the consistent theme of responses given by students when they were asked to describe one new thing they learned about themselves on board Roseway:

"I CAN be in a team."

"You have to believe in yourself."

"I can do things I don't think I can."

"I have a good memory."

"I am brave."

"never say I can't do this."

"I am smart on Roseway."