June 29, 2006
Sat at the bridge at 4:00 am to watch the sunrise. I enjoy talking to Armando and John in the mornings. Their views on education and student evaluation/assessment have been very enlightening. I am going to implement some of their ideas in my classroom next year.
At 5 am Mike called the bridge to report that the entire cooking system was down. We had fruit, toast and cold cereal for breakfast. That was really hard on the crew that had just put in an eight-hour shift. Billy had no clue what the problem was or how to get the stove working. The ship was not stocked with spare parts either. The atmosphere is grim. I did not realize how important meals were on the ship.
Dave offered to help Billy and in an hour had the problem tracked and fixed in time for lunch. It was great to see everyone smiling again.
Eric is up and has decided that the air and water samples can now be taken once in 24 hours. The water in the Atlantic is very clear and blue but there seems to be no life in the water. Dolphins were sighted but by the time we got on deck they were gone.
Today Dave taught me to use different electrical meters. It incorporated math and will make a simple hands on activity for the electricity unit.
All data indicated that we will be arriving in Rhode Island on July 9th as scheduled, even with the two 12 hour pumping stops we will be making.