Twelve students from middle schools across the Island were selected to attend the Advanced Studies and Leadership Program (ASLP) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. ASLP serves selected high-achieving students with excellence in math and science, and provides extra science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education while students reside on a college campus.
According to a press release, while at the three-week program, the students studied engineering, navigation, and other diverse subjects designed to help them build their science and math focus. Other activities included building and operating remote underwater vehicles; studying local marine ecology; and trying out cold-water survival suits (which they called “Gumby suits”). Each class was also able to complete a navigational project in Mass. Maritime’s full-scale large ship simulator, guiding a laden ship through a busy harbor with success.