On Friday, August 2, the Portland, Maine, Fire Department “rescued” 21 students from Little Chebeague Island in Casco Bay following a mock shipwreck. The students, aspiring survivalists, had been training for a week in a program called Science Island Extreme.
Two members of the teaching faculty for the course are Portland firefighters, and have been assisting with training the high school juniors and seniors in subjects from orienteering to building a fire and shelter.
The students traveled from New England and New York to spend the week at St. Joseph’s College learning the science of survival. Science Island Extreme, the newly created program offered at the college, illustrates how S.T.E.M., (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) plays an important role in wilderness survival and training.
A barge provided by Lionel Plant Associates of Peaks Island transported the students to Little Chebeague Island earlier in the day. After the barge dropped the students off, faculty from the camp supervised a mock shipwreck and rescue simulation. The simulation challenged the students to find food and water, build a shelter, care for members of their group and use the survival and rescue techniques.
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