Investigating Ocean Pollution
Water ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Algalita Debris Science Investigation Kit
ENGAGE - Students Observe This Phenomenon
EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience
Students can use Algalita’s Ocean Debris Science Investigation Kit (included) to explore gyres and currents, distinguish nurdles from plankton, and determine whether plastic debris sinks or floats. Then, the Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s lesson: Plastics in the Water Column will help students figure out which marine life is endangered by plastic at any level.
Formative Assessment: Students should be able to explain how trash in the schoolyard might find its way to the ocean (being swept by runoff water into ditches or storm sewers that lead to rivers that empty into the ocean); and map the watery pathway from school to ocean.