Marine Debris

February 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm (Science) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Ask your kid what marine debris is, where it is found, and how it effects our oceans and I’ll bet you’ll receive a wealth of information.  The Coastal Federation visited us today to teach the kids about this topic, and how long it takes for given items to break down over time.  They also learned how litter effects marine life, easily mistaking it for food.  The students created a timeline, offering each item of trash by how long it took to break down.  The Coastal Fed had a follow up activity for us to try.  It would be great to incorporate technology with this topic and have those students that own a tablet, smartphone, or camera to snap shots of litter in their neighborhood keeping track of the amount of litter that could potentially make it’s way to our waterways.  Hopefully they’d pick it up (that around the house/neighborhood) and dispose of it in the appropriate container.

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