Campus Debris Survey

Unit 2 of

This activity will serve as a catalyst for students to derive connections between their actions and the impact on the environment. Students will observe marine debris from around the world, collect their own trash data around school, and use technology to further research. Once the data can be compared, students will communicate their findings in a group setting. Students will improve their inquiry, organizational, and higher order thinking skills by data and technology resources. This activity is available for Grades 6-8 and 9-12, within the "Sources and Transport" unit. 

Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University created a comprehensive, web-based, Marine Debris Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and Social Studies (STEAMSS) Curriculum with support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Marine Debris is a complex, real-world problem which can be addressed through the lenses of several different academic subjects. This curriculum integrates the subject areas of STEAMSS, focusing on experiential hands-on activities for students. The collected teacher-tested resources enable educators to create in-depth, project based learning (PBL) units, work with teaching partners across disciplines, and find classroom and field experiences that will help students explore the issue and impacts of marine debris and engage in stewardship actions. With this curriculum students collect and analyze data, address problems through engineering design, use technology and art to effectively convey stewardship messages, contribute to clean up efforts, and work with community partners. Access the teacher-tested, effective Marine Debris STEAMSS Curriculum here:

Marine Debris Topics:  
• Types and Sources  
• How to Help  
• Grade 6-8  
• Grade 9-12  
• Math  
• Earth Science  
Special Categories:  
• Working with Data  
• Cleanups & Waste Audits  
• Student Advocacy  
• Research  
• Outdoor Activity  
• Class Discussion  
• Action Project  
NOAA Regions:   • Pacific Northwest
Last updated Thu, 05/16/2024 - 12:30 pm EDT