Hannah Nolan shares information on the revamped Ship-to-Shore Program, including what to expect, possible topics, the various formats, the rollout strategy, and how to apply.

How to Apply for Ship-to-Shores

Waypoint 1 with Hannah Nolan (moderated by Allison Miller)

SOI’s Ship-to-Shore program is a virtual field trip that allows people to connect with scientists and crew and ask them questions about their work and life at sea. Ship-to-Shores can bring the wonders of the Ocean to life, and attendees learn about marine life and ecosystems, and gain a better understanding of the importance of ocean conservation.

The first waypoint session on this topic covers many aspects of the program, including inquiries about whether homeschooled students can participate [1:44], how to register for a Ship-to-Shore [3:17], if SOI can conduct a session in a language other than English [3:55], if participation is limited only to classrooms or if different types of groups can join [4:51], if it is possible to sign up for multiple Ship-to-Shore programs [5:51], what kind of technical requirements are needed to tune in and if there are options for schools that do not have those resources [6:45].

The Ship-to-Shore program was differentiated from the Back Ashore series [8:12], examples were provided on what a typical Ship-to-Shore connection might include [9:54], and Hannah gave her thoughts on whether an entire school district could participate [11:44]. Final questions in this session were about ideal audience size [13:09], if museums or other centers could sign up [15:00], if the requester should provide an audience moderator [15:36], what have been some favorite student questions that came up during prior connections [16:49], how long the connections typically last [19:01], if there are any resources available to teach pre/post the Ship-to-Shore connection [19:24], and where to look for information about applying [21:50].

 Waypoint 2 with Hannah Nolan (moderated by Allison Miller)

The different opportunities under SOI’s Ship-to-Shore program were discussed in this final season providing information on how to sign up for the program and participate in virtual assemblies, allowing a larger audience to connect with the ship.

After announcing there is a web page coming soon to facilitate sign-ups for this program [1:52], Hannah explained the new virtual assembly option under the Ship-to-Shore program [2:39], and responded to questions about whether a group/school can sign up more than once [3:53], what sorts of onboard experiences they might expect to observe [5:11], if sessions can be set up in languages other than English [7:00], how teachers and group leaders can prepare the audience before the connection and what resources are available after [8:40], if a connection can be requested that is more focused on jobs at sea [11:00], and how far in advance are sessions set up [12:30].

Final questions addressed included an inquiry about if groups other than classrooms could participate [13:51], what ages/grades these programs are recommended for [15:25], what technology is needed to participate [16:54], and how to request assistance if the technology is not available [18:08], if a Ship-to-Shore connection could be requested with an Artist-at-Sea participant [18:58], if the Back Ashore programs differ from this [19:50], and if connections are limited to groups local to the geographic regions Falkor (too) is operating in—and what is meant by ‘local’ [22:36]. This final session wrapped up with reminders on how interested schools and groups can apply to the program [24:13].

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