Authentic Project Idea – Ships

IMG_20180812_194911 copyLooking down off of a moving cruise ship – the pilot has just jumped off and is being helped by a crew member on the pilot boat.

I was recently talking about how amazing big ships are – how those gigantic machines can be so carefully maneuvered.  The person I was chatting with didn’t realize that pilots hopped on and off moving ships to bring them into and out of ports.  I knew a lot about ship pilots because one happened to live in my mother’s apartment building in Fort Lauderdale.

Several ways an authentic project about ships could go, and probably many more depending on student interest.  How do these large ships work?  What are the mechanics and technology on a ship? What are all of the jobs that people have who work on ships? (That is a long and fascinating list, including the pilot mentioned above.)  All of these questions have different answers depending on the type of ship the student is interested in – Cruise Ship, Merchant Ship, Naval Ship…

Plan a trip, design a better ship, plan a career…

Bon Voyage!

 

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