Hi all my fellow cruise-chatters!
Swimmers on board's son did a science project on cruise ship stabilizers. It was a great idea and even earned him excused absences for the effort. We thought it might be interesting (and fun) to let our imaginations flow and give some thought to other projects kids might do while on a cruise to earn school credit. So, all you "out of the box" thinkers, educators, and anyone else who might have an idea - let's get creative.
Okay, I am not an educator and I have't been known as one who thinks out of the box. BUT, I think it woud be interesting to log all the food a family consumes on a cruise and compare it to their regular caloric intake. They could predict how much they will eat, how much weight they think they will gain and then compare it to the real thing (Of course they may not really want to know)
Of course there's the obvious, namely involving the ports of call. A student could do a geography project, with pre-cruise preparation including learning some basic facts about each island they will be visiting. The kids could then use their personal observations from their experiences on each island to do a comparison of islands - say, which one had the cleanest or the whitest beaches, and what causes the color of each island's beaches. Or what the non-tourist-related economy is based on (i.e. sugar cane, ship repair, etc.)
Okay, I know this was my idea to start the thread, but in unpacking from my last cruise, I had a thought for a science project to add to our list: Collect sand from every port of call and from different beaches at the same port if applicable. Then categorize them according to color, texture, physical composition. Having started a "sand collection" I am amazed at the different quality and physical aspects of sand taken from various beaches in my travels. What I thought was a soft, white sandy beach was not necessarily so when compared with other samples.
My son did a "cruise project" in which he took samples of the water from each port(including Miami). Once we returned home he ran tests and was abe to analyze and compare them. Now, I know this was a high school project, and don't ask me how he analyzed them - he is the science whiz in the family. But, when I saw this thread I just thought I would pass it on.