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  Earth Science
  Life Science
  Physical Science

Hands-on Activity

Garbage in Our Oceans

Fun Forces
Summary
In this activity, students will learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Students will discuss how organisms are being impacted by this garbage patch and the impact it has on our resources and environment. Students will identify the major items contributing to the garbage patch. Students will design a solution to reduce the impact these items have on the environment. Their solutions may include (but are not limited to) ways to clean up the garbage patch, education of individuals, or new uses for materials.
Overview
Topic: Human Impacts on Earth's Systems
Real World Science Topics:
  • Understand the challenges of disposal of waste materials and their impact on the environment
  • Evaluate how scientific knowledge and technology can be used to design a solution to environmental issues
Objective
At the end of this activity, students will evaluate the major challenges faced by Earth’s systems due to waste management. Students will develop a solution based on research and data. Students will communicate their solutions to others.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 2 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

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