Camp gives students glimpse of industry July 22, 2015
More than 20 students got a firsthand look at the marine industry as the Marine Industry Cares Foundation completed the first edition of its two-week Marine Immersion Summer Camp. MIASF contributed money that was raised at this year’s Plywood Regatta to the camp, which was held in cooperation with Broward County Public Schools.
Students from Stranahan High School spent the first week learning about the marine industry and the different types of jobs available with field trips to Roscioli Yachting Center, Maritime Professional Training, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller and Neptune Boat Lifts. Students had the opportunity to design and build their own propellers, which were then tested by racing remote-controlled boats against each other at Frank and Jimmie’s. In the second week, the students assembled and test drove SeaPerch ROV (remotely operated vehicle) kits and then toured Steel Marine Towing & Salvage’s new tug, The Parker, and Bradford Marine’s tug, Hero, before meeting with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue’s marine firefighters.
The camp was coordinated by Colleen Deverteuil, with support from Colin Lord and Jim Nance. Staff from the various businesses also took time out of their day to work with the campers, and Boat Owners Warehouse provided them safety goggles to wear at Frank and Jimmie’s.
MIASF also contributed $1,500 toward the Marine Industry Cares Foundation’s scholarships to attend camp at the Ocean Explorers Camp at the Museum of Discovery and Science, the IGFA Summer Fishing Camp at the International Game Fish Association and the Kids Learn to Sail Camp at the Gulfstream Sailing Club in Hollywood.