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Implementing Your Program
This program is easy to implement and can be easily adapted to fit your needs. Since 2006 we have launched 28 boats and gained considerable experience which we have used to develop the following guides/handouts to help teachers make this program easy to implement and as rewarding as possible.
These guides include:
1. Launching options
2. How to customize your boat
3. How to monitor your boat
4. Sample finder’s instructions
5. What to put in the watertight compartment
6. How to identify your boat
7. Suggested retrieval instructions
8. Suggested NOAA websites for teachers and students
9. Suggested lesson plans
10. How to monitor ocean weather conditions from weather buoys, satellites, and other stations
In addition we are very fortunate to enjoy the wide support of various professional marine organizations, institutions, and associates that are ready and willing to assist us. For instance, Maine Maritime Academy will launch our boats all around the Atlantic, and their alumni work out of all the major ports around the world. They are a wonderful resource to us when our boats land in other countries. The National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is another great resource to us and has launched some of our vessels off their research vessels. They also help us with our GPS monitoring. Our boats have also participated in salmon migration research with NOAA. They are willing to help us get temperature and atmospheric sensors installed on your boat if you wish. We also have the support of boat builders, sail makers, and harbor pilot associations, marine museum, naval architect, and engineers.
It is the job of our project manager to design an exciting program that fits the needs and interests of your school. We should be able to help you arrange a launch off a research vessel, a Maine Maritime Academy ship, a private yacht, or perhaps have students in the Azores who have developed a program with NOAA release your boat off their shores. Give us a call and explore your launch options.