Carolina Coastal Classrooms, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation whose mission is to provide environmental education programs promoting understanding and appreciation of our coastal waters and maritime heritage through hands-on shipboard educational experiences. The centerpiece of this program will be the environmental education curricula taught onboard the skipjack ADA MAE and eventually upon the schooner CAROLINA.
The skipjack ADA MAE was built in 1915 in Rose Bay and is the only surviving working sail vessel built in North Carolina. This educational vessel is homeported in New Bern, North Carolina and offers daily and extended shipboard environmental education programs throughout the year. The schooner CAROLINA will be built as a reproduction of a classic 19th century coastal fishing and trading schooner and will also be stationed in New Bern.
Carolina Coastal Classrooms Programs provides educational opportunities for students of diverse racial, ethnic, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. Students participating in these programs will learn much about themselves, their abilities, the marine environment and the maritime heritage of much of the coastal United States through hands-on experiential education. Trained educators serve as the captains and crew and conduct the onboard "classrooms." Shipboard experiences will involve team-building and practical applications of shipboard skills using math, science, ecology, social studies, reading, writing, computer science and critical thinking. Shipboard experiences and skills are linked to learning objectives and goals from the North Carolina Department of Education Standard Courses of Study for math and science. Shipboard curricula include water quality analysis, marine life studies, hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, sail theory, navigation and studies in environmental stewardship.
Students are given hands-on educational opportutities by steering the ship, setting and striking the sails, dredging and trawling for oysters, fish, crabs, shrimp and plankton used for onboard study. They also make weather observations, take water qualtiy measurements and discussi environmental concerns affecting marine life in surrounding waters. Students will be able to maintain contact throughout the school year with the educational vessels ADA MAE and CAROLINA as they sail coastal North Carolina's waterways. Our program is structued so that 2000 to 3000 students may be served annually by our onboard educational programs.
Student Classes on Ada Mae
Students apply math, geometry and algebra skills by learning the basics of dead reckoning navigation.
Students develop teamwork as they "learn the ropes," raising and lowering
Preparing to launch a plankton trawl net to sample phytoplankton and
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CCC has been very pleased to support this youth-at-risk program sponsored by the New Bern Police Department. We provided 4 sessions starting in July thru August, both in the classroom and on the water. The first day we presented some basic skills practical application and history related to the maritime heritage of New Bern and surrounding waters. The second day was at the dock on the ship and was our science day. The kids were introduced to Navigation and Charts and water quality study/measurements by Larry Baldwin, the Neuse Riverkeeper. We also made a plankton trawl and viewed the small creatures we caught under a microscope. They also were presented the oyster lifecycle and dissection. We tied things up with a “Townhall” type discussion related to environment, heritage and current issues in our local waters.
The third and fourth sessions were on the water sailing the skipjack ADA MAE. They put into practical application the skills introduced in the previous sessions, getting the vessel underway, setting the sails, charting a course, steering the ship and trawling for marine life. It was fun to watch them grow as they developed teamwork and took on tasks they had never tried before. A couple of them were a bit nervous to start as they did not swim, but soon those worries passed with smooth sailing and lots of activity. This was the second time that we have provided support for this program and are looking forward to developing this partnership in the future.