A Year in Review - Sea of Opportunities Education Programs

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What a year! Our Sea of Opportunities education team works with over 600 students and community members yearly, exposing Nantucketers of all ages to our Island’s rich maritime history and culture.

Here is a recap of what we accomplished in 2023:

  • 300 Visitors joined us for the inaugural Maritime Day at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.
  • 275 Concert-goes enjoyed free Sea Shanty Concerts on the Museum Grounds
  • 155 third-grade Students sailed aboard the Tall Ship Lynx for Nantucket History Lessons
  • 150 eighth-grade students put their oceanography education into action through experiential field trips aboard the Lynx.
  • 62 Nantucket High School Students enrolled in our two Innovative Pathways courses: Marine Science & Aquaculture and Vessel Operations & Maintenance.
  • 52 High School Students joined us for six off-island field trips to Southern New England Coast Guard Stations, Maritime Academies, and Marine Science programs.
  • Egan Maritime's High School Marine Science Course fulfills 40 Massachusetts Educational Standards from Earth and Space Science, Life Science, Engineering and Technology Science, and Physics.
  • 36 Middle School students received their safe boating certificate and Jr. operator's license.
  • 35 Nantucket Boys and Girls Club members spent their winter Saturdays having fun (and learning about Nantucket History and Oceanography) at the Museum.
  • 12 Nantucket Students became "Student Mariners" after joining us for multi-day sails aboard the Lynx.
  • 11 sixth-grade STEAM students built the most robust cardboard boats our program has ever seen - completing five laps at the community pool.
  • Each Sea of Opportunities Educational Activity fulfills at least 2 Massachusetts Educational Standards, including everything from Earth Science to Engineering Science and Technology to History and Social Science.
  • 1 Carolina Skiff was refurbished by students in Egan's technical vessel operations/repair and maintenance course; be on the lookout for it in the harbor next summer.

All our community outreach programs are free, thanks to the generosity of our members, donors, and friends. If you have not made a gift yet this year, there is still time! Your gift will allow us to continue to offer no-cost educational programs for the Island’s youth and to invigorate our mission through programming in the community, in the classroom, and on the water.