Living Classrooms Foundation Inspires Through Maritime Experiences

In its ongoing commitment to advancing education and creating experiences of discovery that help young people achieve their dreams, Honda has partnered with Living Classrooms Foundation to give students from high-risk environments a unique maritime experience.

Since 2002, Honda’s support of the Living Classrooms Foundation has enabled more than 7,300 students in Washington, D.C. to participate in hands-on educational programs using urban, natural and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Click below to see a new Honda Community Partners Spotlight video about the program.

Living Classrooms is committed to strengthening communities and inspiring young people to achieve their potential through experiential education. With a focus on marine environments, the organization’s Shipboard STEM Education program combines the Socratic Method with fun and educational activities designed to help students be successful in the classroom and beyond. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities include trawling for and identifying marine life, water quality testing, studying plankton under microscopes, oyster dissection, navigation and a buoyancy challenge.

“The feedback we receive from teachers and students who participate in the program is tremendous,” said Scott Raymond, vice president, education, Living Classrooms. “We’re thankful to Honda for its continued support in helping us provide this experience to local youth.”

Honda has supported Living Classroom’s Shipboard STEM Education program in the National Capital Region for 15 years. Together, the two are eliminating barriers to success for young people by giving them access to environmental and maritime resources in the form of living laboratories.

“Living Classrooms’ shipboard program is a valuable experience for youth in the National Capital Region,” said Ed Cohen, vice president, Honda North America. “Many students in these urban areas are unfamiliar with the watershed and coastal areas, and we hope this experience inspires them to pursue careers in ecology and marine science.”

To learn more about Living Classrooms and its shipboard program, visit

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