Maine Maritime Academy
MMA Aspirations Programming
Unique, informative, and pertinent.
Discovery Voyage
 See campus in action.
 Demonstrations of practical application of
scientific/ mathematic principles.
 Middle & high schoolers
 On-campus day program
 Limited to MMA year
 Complimentary lunch
 Transportation subsidy
What is Discovery Voyage?
 An educational, on-campus program.
 Attractive to high school educators.
 Show students how their course work is applied.
 Low or, even better, no cost to the high school.
 Born 1996
 “Customized” educational experience.
 Select from various academic programs.
 Take a class or do a “lab”.
 Use technology.
 Talk with faculty & attending students.
 Tour of college classrooms, labs,
recreation facilities, residence.
 Evolving……
Typical Day
9:30 am
Program overview
Introduction to college
10 – 12 noon
12 - 12:45
12:45 – 2 pm
2 pm
Interactive session(s)
Lunch in MMA dining area.
Tour of State of Maine
& waterfront labs
Academic Selections
 Engineering (math & physics)
 Buoyancy and Stability
 Strength of Materials
 International Business (business role play)
 International Negotiation, Purchasing, and Logistics
 Marine Sciences (biology & chemistry)
 Sharks
 Poisonous Marine Life
 Salt Marshes
 R.V. Friendship bottom drag & water sampling
 Transportation (math, team work, problem solving)
 Navigation
 Deck simulator
 Ocean Survival (water survival techniques)
Presentation Samplers
Engineering – Impact Testing
 Low temperatures often
can have a negative
impact on the ability of a
metal to withstand an
impact load.
 This means that some
metals become brittle at
low temperatures.
 The concern is brittle fracture
because it typically occurs
with little or no warning.
Engineering – Impact Testing
 The Titanic may have
sunk after impact with an
iceberg due to brittle
failure in the hull.
 The steel made at the time
the Titanic was built typically
became brittle at and below
temperatures around 50°F.
 Cold water (~35°F) may
have caused the steel to
crack in a brittle manner.
Engineering – Impact Testing
 Prof. Barbara Fleck
demonstrates metal
breaking point on
the tensil strength
Engineering - Buoyancy
• Def. - the tendency of
an object to float.
• Knowing the density
of an object and the
fluid it is in determines
whether an object will
float or sink.
Engineering - Buoyancy
Take specific values…
 Salt Water
 1 cu. ft. of salt water can hold
up 64 pounds.
 Fresh Water
 1 cu. ft. of fresh water can hold
up 62.4 pounds.
 The more cu. ft. of water you
can displace, the greater the
number of pounds you can
…to find solutions.
 Would a material
measuring 1 ft x 1 ft x 1 ft
that weighed 100 pounds
float in salt water?
 If you took that same
material and pounded it
into a shape that
displaced 2 ft3 would it
float in salt water?
100 ft3 (displaced) x 64 lb/ft3 = 6,400 lbs of buoyant force.
Engineering - Stability
 Architects & mariners are
concerned with whether a
body (vessel) will return to
an initial state of static
equilibrium when disturbed
by an unbalanced force or
moment (wind or wave).
 There are three
general types of
 Stable
 Neutral
 Unstable
Engineering - Stability
Unstable Equilibrium
Any disturbance of a body
will result in motion of the
body with no chance it will
return to its original position.
December 9, 2003 – The 290’ Stellamare
rolled over during routine dockside loading
of 2 generators weighing 500 tons ( ~50
African elephants), killing 3 crewmen.
Marine Science - Sharks
Marine Science - Sharks
 They see in color & have good
 Have good night vision because
of a reflective layer at the back
of the eye.
 Deaths/year caused by coconuts:
 Deaths/year from shark attack:
Business – Role Play
 You are employed as an
international purchasing manager
by L.L. Bean.
 You have to procure a high quality
100% cotton T-shirt for the coming
 The estimated demand for the
upcoming season is 500,000
pieces of T-shirts.
 Identified 2 potential suppliers:
 Hong Kong, @ $40 per piece.
 Valparaiso, Chile @ 3,300 pesos/pc.
 Normally, there is room to
negotiate and lower these prices.
 T-shirts to be transported in
marine containers,
 either 20 ft. (holds 50,000 pieces) or
40 ft. (100,000 pieces).
Business – Role Play
 You select a freight forwarder based
in New York City, Greek immigrant
named Costas Papadapoulos, for
making the international logistics
arrangements including
 transportation,
 documentation, and
 cargo insurance.
 Players will be divided into teams
and given an office space with phone
connection to carry out their task of
negotiating the best deal.
 Players will be provided useful
information on import-export
procedures and current exchange
rate information.
 Excites students’ connection with
Maine’s seafaring heritage; ship
handling, navigation, bridge
management and command.
 Students conduct a port approach
exercise utilizing relative speed
& motion recognition, problem
solving, radar interpretation,
course plotting, chart reading, &
 Extensive use of our ship’s bridge
Limitations & Expectations
 Limit 40 students per school
 For college capable students
 Appropriate dress
 Dress for cool weather.
Jacket or sweatshirt
 NO open toed shoes, heels, sandals, flip-flops
 Students be aware of their surroundings.
 Conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.
By the numbers…
 Also involved
Total student participation
since 1996:
 Boy Scout troops
 Girl Scout troops
 Sea Scout units
will top 10,000
 Jr. ROTC units
New England
 Athletic Teams
 Middle Schools
 Summer Camp Groups
 Hugh Porter
 Associate Director of Admissions
 Maine Maritime Academy
 (800)464-6565 Maine
 (800)227-8465 Out of Maine

Maine Maritime Academy