Education Association (SEA) is a private, non-profit educational
institution located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Founded in 1971,
SEA offers programs in ocean studies using a non-traditional approach
that allows students to live, study and work alongside scientists,
researchers, scholars and master mariners.
SEA offers a range of
academic programs through the year, including full semester programs
for college undergraduates, and specialized summer seminar program
for K-12 teachers and high school students. The SEA semester from
undergraduates lasts 12 weeks and awards 17
undergraduate credits though Boston University. The first six weeks
are at the SEA campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where classes
are taught in oceanography, nautical science and maritime studies.
The students spend the second half of the semester on one of the
SEA's three research sailing vessels, conducting their own research
projects and learning to operate the vessel. The results of the
research projects are presented orally and in writing to the faculty,
crew and students of the cruise. Understanding of nautical science
is tested by requiring each student to take command of the ship's
operations for at least one watch at the end of the voyage, including
piloting the ship and leading the activities of the other students.
Life at sea is focused
on the tight-knit community aboard ship. With virtually no outside
distractions, students get to know each other more deeply that is
usually possible ashore.
The safety of the ship requires students to trust each other and
to take responsibility for their own actions. As shipmates, students
develop a senseof community in which each person is evaluated based
on his or her overall contributions to the group, not on any single
criterion such as academic performance or athletic ability. The
program fosters teamwork, communication and tolerance, in addition
to a commitment to the ocean and its study and conservation.
SEA is steadfastly committed
to providing a learning environment that fosters academic excellence
in ocean education, and contributes to the development of life skills.
Through a combination of theoretical learning and practical application,
students are challenged both academically and personally.