A Voyage Unlike Any Other
In 2017 Howard Rice stepped out of the rat race for a well planned short break. He had been planning and preparng a small boat voyage for nearly ten years. He set sail down the Strait of Magellan aboard a small wooden boat he had built and what an amazing voyage he had. He explored from Patagonia deep into the forbidding wildrness of islands and windswept channels of Tierra del Fuego, arguably the roughest ocean environment on the planet.
"My voyage was in a sense a true “song of my soul” endeavor" he says. "I sailed quietly, unsponsored and with simple purposes. I wanted to fulfill my curiousity about the region, explore where few people have been, experience personal challenges and share the experience with others." As a former college professor he believes in the importance of inspiring young people through experiential or out of classroom educational opportunites.
For the year before and during his voyage he shared his experiences with elementary school classrooms through web based interactive voyage updates, satellite phone classroom broadcasts and live course tracking.
Chile was to have been a one time experience but on hearing the positive impacts teachers were reporting in classrooms Howard decided to sail on and continue to influence and ignite young minds and inspire friends and followers of the Little Ship Southern Cross.
Now the “Little Ship and Her Best friend Howard” will continue on around the world on a voyage unlike any other, bringing the world into classrooms and into the lives of thousands of students of all ages from aorund the world.
An Educational Opportunity
In the run up to the voyage Howard engaged with three school groups presenting live streaming topics and updates. He was joined in several of these by John Welsford, the designer of Howard's boat. These live interactive sessions were communicated directly to and with students and teachers in their classrooms including a home school group. This act off giving proved to be unique, engaging, highly effective and most importantly fun.
The Proof of Concept Is In
According to the teachers who utilized the opportunity it has proven to be a way to bring the world, a sense of adventure and possibility into the classroom. The first voyage (Chile) of this unique program has been a successful proof of concept.
Howard believes the teaching program he offered from Chile was a compelling and engaging educational opportunity and provided a way to help teachers teach more effectively. After numerous broadcasts he realized the classroom live stream updates were one of the highlights of his voyage, giving special meaning both to him and to the hundreds of students he continues working with.
The Crew of Southern Cross
The Voyage of Southern Cross Advisory Board
The Voyage of Southern Cross Advisory Board is comprised of highly talented and experienced experts who provide strategic advice to the VoySC team. Our advisory board members are rich in diverse talents and experiences ranging from education to business management and internet technology. We are pleased to have each board member standing in support of our efforts to reach as many schools, teachers, students and parents as possible. We will benefit from the knowledge of this diverse and talented group.
Dr. Richard Paulsen
Mr. Chuck Leinweber
Dr. Demos Lorandos
Mrs. Sue Woodard
Dr. Gail Vander Stoep
Mr. Josh Colvin
Mr. Patrick Carolan
Mr. Simeon Baldwin
Mr. Skip Denny
Mr. Tom Pamperin
Mr. Mike Mc Dowell
Mr. David Nichols
Ms. Denny McNae