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Granville and Peter G. Marston played his grandfather Captain Granville. Marston was a scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the production of the program and also the owner of the actual Mimi at the time. Each episode consists of two fifteen-minute segments: the fictional story, then an expedition that reveals the fact behind the fiction.
The first segment of each episode follows a serialized tale of scientists taking a census of humpback whales off the coast of Massachusetts. In addition, the two scientists each invite a high school student Arthur Spencer and Rachel Fairbanks to take part in the study. Finally, Captain Granville's identically-named grandson comes visiting for the summer in order to give his mother a break during her pregnancy. Each second segment is a standalone exploration of one of the scientific principles touched on in the serialized tale.
The Mimi was a French-built sailboat that is 72 feet 21 meters in length,  originally built in to function as a deep-hulled cargo barge. Mimi is a type of vessel known as a " Gabare d'Iroise ," where " Gabare " translates as "cargo barge" and " Iroise " refers to the region in which she was constructed. Mimi was initially used as a cargo ship in the rough waters of the North Sea , and was thus built to withstand serious maritime conditions.
Because Mimi was a "gabare," she was also built with a shallow draft. This combination of strength and ability to operate in shallow waters allowed Mimi to be used both in the open sea and the extensive canal system in Europe at that time. After serving many years in the Northern part of France, Mimi was sold to an owner in the Southern part of France where she was converted to a fishing trawler for tunafish.
For reasons unknown, Mimi was not destroyed by retreating Nazi forces, but rather left tied to a tree on a mudflat. After the war the Mimi was sunk, and remained so until the s when a Frenchman and his family bought it and converted it from a trawler to a sailboat.
By , the Mimi had a new owner, Peter Marston. In addition to its role in "The Voyage of the Mimi," which began in , the boat was used from the late s through the s to teach schoolchildren using the Mimi curriculum. At each port, "Mimifests" were held, which included various activities and presentations about marine life, seamanship, and navigation.
Marston retained ownership of the vessel until , when the boat was sold to new owners Captain George G. They operated the vessel as Three Mates Inc.
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After forty years of ownership under Three Mates Inc. Michael Spurgeon developed a plan to resurrect the Mimi, and the vessel was subsequently purchased with venture capital provided by Spurgeon's employer, Capt. Mimi was sailed from Gloucester to the Mystic River in Boston, where she was kept docked at various marinas in East Boston and Chelsea. Spurgeon's intention was to rehabilitate the ship and possibly court a Discovery Channel special about Mimi's story.
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In , it was discovered that a homeless man had been living aboard the ship while docked at the marina, and he was promptly kicked out. In an act of revenge, the man returned and removed one of several plugs in the belly of the ship, allowing her to rapidly fill with water.
Mimi sank while at port, effectively ruining all electronics aboard the ship as well as seriously damaging the recently rebuilt engine. A significant amount of damage occurred above the keel of the ship due to freshwater clams colonizing the wood while she was underwater, rendering restoration nearly impossible.
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She was floated back to the surface by a recovery team two weeks later, and sat disused after that. In the summer of , two recent college graduates of the University of Vermont who had been fans of The Voyage of the Mimi stumbled upon the Mimi at port and mounted an effort to save the ship, which had fallen into a state of disrepair. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
See if you have enough points for this item. Sign in. This book presents comprehensive results from case studies of five innovations in science education that have much to offer toward understanding current reforms in this field. Each chapter tells the story of a case in rich detail, with extensive documentation, and in the voices of many of the participants-the innovators, the teachers, the students.
Volume 1 provides a cross-case analysis of all eight innovations. Many U. Much of the education community's familiarity with these arises from the projects' own dissemination efforts. Each of the five studies was a large-scale effort involving teams of researchers over three years. These teams analyzed many documents, attended numerous critical project meetings, visited multiple sites, conducted dozens of individual interviews. The team leaders Atkin, Huberman, Rowe , having spent much time with science education over long careers, looked at these innovations through many lenses.
It was a daunting task for each team to sift through the mountains of detail in order to bring the most compelling themes to the surface. Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments. Robert Bruce Thompson. Arshad Iqbal. Is Water H2O? Hasok Chang.see
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