Mylène Paquette crosses the Atlantic by oar

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Quebecer Mylène Paquette cast off on Saturday July 6 to begin her solo crossing of the Atlantic. A somewhat crazy project that led him to travel 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 kilometers) from west to east, between Halifax and Lorient, in France.

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More than 100 days braving one of the most feared oceans for sailors, a million strokes of the oars, 12 hours a day… Impressive figures for a project that is just as important: to become the first North American woman to make this crossing alone.
Source: SPACES
His boat is an ecological vehicle made of composite materials, ensuring rigidity, lightness and reliability. It will contain the necessary to allow a safe and unassisted journey for a period of more than 120 days.
Among other things, the following activities will allow students to familiarize themselves with his challenge.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Find out who Mylène Paquette is and find out more about her rowing across the Atlantic Ocean;
- Communicate to his peers the results of his research on Mylène Paquette, according to the theme used;
- Identify the risks and dangers associated with a crossing over the Atlantic Ocean;
- Write a relevant comment, in connection with one of the environmental capsules published on the expedition's blog;
- Share your personal project using a presentation tool.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Crossing an ocean alone

Ask your students before showing them the feat that Mylène Paquette is achieving. Here are some ideas to put them in context before the next activity.
According to you, is it possible to cross the ocean alone?
How would you go about crossing the ocean if you had to?
What means of transportation would you use? Why?
What type of boat do you think would be ideal, and why?
How can you survive, for several months, alone at sea?
Do you think this feat has been achieved in the past?
What are the potential dangers during a crossing of this magnitude?
What are the reasons that can motivate a person to get involved in this way?
Would you be able to make such a crossing?
What are the essential qualities to achieve such a challenge?

ACTIVITY 2: Who is Mylène Paquette?

Trigger: Watch the following report together:
In order to publicize the feat that is currently taking place before the eyes of the whole world, place your students in work teams, then assign them one of the following 5 aspects so that they become the “experts”. From their class on a given topic. This way of doing things will allow you to understand the character that is Mylène Paquette, her ambitions and the equipment necessary to achieve such a challenge.

Click on the image to enlarge.
The site contains a lot of information on these five topics and is a good place to start.
After having documented themselves, invite each team to relate, during a short oral presentation, the key elements on each of the subjects submitted.
If you have an interactive whiteboard, use the corresponding file from the following to allow teams to write down important things to remember about their topic during their presentation.
File version for SMART Notebook software.
Version for ActivInspire software.
PDF version for other software.

ACTIVITY 3: Environmental capsules

To discover more about the epic of the courageous rower, ask your students to consult the numerous capsules on the environment available on the Mylène Paquette's blog. Invite them to leave a public comment (an email address is required) in one or more environmental capsules already published at already published. They will learn more about topics such as terrestrial bioluminescence, the abyss, internal waves, etc.

ACTIVITY 4: Online mapping

Introduce your students to a short informative capsule of Mylène explaining how she will proceed to transmit her geographical coordinates, in real time, and which you can follow day after day on her official website.
In a large group, ask your students to trace the route, on a world map from the site Scribble maps, and indicate the route that Mylène Paquette plans to take during her crossing.
Here are the main elements to position on the geographical map:
Starting Location: Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, City of Halifax, Canada
Place of arrival: Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, Ville de Lorient, France
Suggestions: The waterways used, towns nearby, the jet stream, etc.
Source of information: Mylène Paquette official website

ACTIVITY 5: And you, do you have a crazy project?

Take advantage of this important media event to question your students and make them think. To do this, start by projecting the next capsule.
- What are their wildest aspirations, ambitions and dreams?
- What do they want to achieve as a similar feat or quite the opposite of Mylène's feat?
- If all the conditions were met to allow them to surpass themselves and achieve their full potential, what would they like to accomplish?
Offer them the opportunity to make a short presentation in order to have a forum to verbalize what their PROJECT would be. Allow them to use breakout presentation software to organize their ideas, like the app Prezi, a mental map or a Power Point with dynamic transitions.

For further

The David Suzuki Foundation is a non-governmental organization supported by some 40,000 individuals in Canada and around the world.
Mylène Paquette explains how she uses her device DeLorme inReach to communicate with the whole world
Download the app Earth mate that Mylène Paquette uses to text or twitter
Ask your questions to Mylène via her page Facebook and read internet users' questions in the FAQ of his blog.

More about the magazine

The Queen Mary 2 comes to supply Mylène in the middle of the Atlantic
Learn more about the Queen Mary 2 (Wikipedia article)
Paul Arcand radio interview with Mylène
Mylène interview with a radio station in Estrie

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