• Ocean Studies Wins Great Idea Award

    At the regional Eastern Maine Skippers presentations at Faith Community Fellowship in Trenton on May 28, Megan Flenniken's Ocean Studies class won the Great Idea Award for its work on a remotely operated vehicle. This year's projects answered the question "How can technology contribute to a safe, healthy, and sustainable fishery?"

         The GSA students talked about experimenting with different ROVs before choosing one to work with. They started with some components provided by the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries then worked to build, test, and rebuild the ROV with the help of GSA Industrial Technology teacher Jeb Billings. One of the possible uses of the vehicle is to search for scallops so that draggers will be able to focus their efforts on productive areas of the seafloor, which would help prevent unnecessary damage to underwater ecosystems.

         The award of $500, sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, will support continued the group's continued research into their project. 

         Ocean Studies students presenting included Zane Bailey '19 of Surry, Ashlee Barnes '19 of Otis, Lauren Brown '20 of Penobscot, Marcus Candage '21 of Blue Hill, Percy Clifford '21 of Brooksville, Hannah Dyer '21 of Brooklin, Crystal Forget '19 of Brooklin, Dakota Gillen '19 of Sedgwick, Andrew Gulya '21 of Blue Hill, and Jennifer Wilson '19 of Blue Hill. 

         The class was one of six groups to make presentations at the year-end program. A team from Ellsworth explored the potential of sail-assist on commercial vessels. Three teams from MDI High School presented on green crab fertilizer, bringing back groundfishing, and promoting sales of local seafood. The latter group won an award for best presentation sponsored by Machias Savings Bank.

         To learn more about our Ocean Studies class, visit www.georgestevensacademy.org/OceanStudies.