The 2015 Advanced Studies and Leadership Program graduates

The twelve students chosen to attend the Advanced Studies and Leadership Program, from left, Abigail Hammarlund, Owen Porterfield, Jack Holmes, Jason Davey, Jaiden Edelman, Joseph Serpa, Max Smith, Megan Zeilinger, Spencer Pogue and Katherine O’Brien. Molly and Paige Pogue are not pictured. — Photo courtesy of Kris O'Brien

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.