January 25, 2018 - Program start at JFK Middle School
The boat was hand delivered by EP Program Director Cassie Stymiest to the Global STEM Classroom at JFK Middle School.
February 26, 2018 - Students named the boat
A reference to one of Northampton’s most famous residents, and truth in science through exploration, the JFK Global STEM group has named her Sojourner’s Truth.
April 30, 2018 - Transported to Newport, RI
The boat was put aboard the Bigelow in Newport Rhode Island later this week. The crew is at sea conducting bottom trawl surveys that help feed into fisheries management decisions.
The boat has a special sensor package aboard – with sensors for air and water temperature. We have not yet received a report with the data so fingers are crossed it kicks in soon!
May 4, 2018 - Launched
From the teachers almost immediately after the CO report came over email, “A gigantic WHOOP rang out in our classrooms with the news that Sojourner’s Truth was on her way. Thank you so much to the crew of the Henry B. Bigelow!!! You have inspired our whole school!”
June 6, 2018 - Recovered at sea
Around 9:30am we heard from the school that the students have been studying Greek Mythology and had been relating the tale of our dear ST to the myth of Agamemnon and have been making sacrifices to the wind gods to help her change her course… and around 10am we received a phone call that fisherman Drake Scott had spotted the ST about 5 miles off York Harbor, Maine. They volunteered to turn around and recover her so she can be launched further in the Gulf Stream.
After circling George’s Bank for weeks and a total voyage of 33 days all around the Gulf of Maine, perhaps the students’ interest and passion for the project helped in this interesting tale of recovery!
2nd Voyage - Awaiting Deployment
The Sojourner’s Truth was brought aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, a SEA Semester (SEA Education Association) ship heading to the Gulf Stream in October 2020 as part of class C-294, Atlantic Odyssey and Ocean Exploration. This is a program for gap year students and university undergraduates that will leave Woods Hole on October 11 for a nearly six-week passage to Key West Florida, where they arrive November 18.
October 9, 2020
After its first voyage in the Gulf of Maine in May-June 2018, the miniboat Sojourners Truth was brought to the docks in Woods Hole, Massachusetts thanks to Jim Manning. Mr. Manning is an Oceanographer at NOAA NEFSC and kept the little boat safe and sound for over two years in his back yard. Ms. Parrott, the lead teacher for the boat at JFK Middle School, also came to the docks on Friday to add student messages and treasures inside the hatch for its second voyage. With safe social distancing protocols, the boat was prepped and taken aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Thanks to Captain Sean Bercaw and the entire SEA Semester Program as their class and crew have plans to launch the boats into the Gulf Stream during their program, which you can read more about (and watch the sendoff moment) via Facebook live here:
As mentioned in the video above, Captain Bercaw has been launching message-in-a-bottles for decades. Here’s a video about him and his efforts:
This boat had air and water temperature sensors on its first voyage. The data is available by contacting us.
Every year the Global STEM Center (a Massachusetts based non-profit), brings exciting STEM projects to schools in collaboration with other nonprofits, STEM corporations, college/universities and government agencies. The collaboration plans with Educational Passages have been developing over the last 4-5 years – and finally, this academic year (2017-2018) it was launched! Many THANKS to the enthusiastic support from Cassie Stymiest, passionate science teachers from Northampton Kate Parrott and Jacob Masenior, and a strong support from the Superintendent Dr. Provost, all wonderful students and the NPS team!