Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

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Different types of plastics do different things in the ocean. After studying the transparency, luster, brittleness, rigidness, and density of plastic items, kids design an invention that will rid the ocean of as many types of plastic as possible.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Offer as a science project possibility or Earth Day project
  • Have kids work in small groups to create their invention, or collaborate as a whole class
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed as an activity for girls in STEM, but applicable to learners of any gender
Pros

  • Inspires innovative thought and critical thinking
  • Promotes teamwork and environmentalism
  • Provides a graphic organizer for kids to collect their data
Cons

  • None