Making Connections through Art

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Students synthesize what they have learned about marine debris and incorporate their knowledge into a presentation or display that helps others both 1) understand the problem and 2) take actions that contribute to solving the problem. This can be done through a variety of media including drawing/painting, marine debris mosaics and sculptures, or photography. Students can create video or poster Public Service Announcements or submit artwork to regional or national competitions such as the NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest. This activity is available for Grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12, within the "Solutions" 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:  
• Solutions  
• How to Help  
• Grade 3-5  
• Grade 6-8  
• Grade 9-12  
• Art  
• Earth Science  
• Life Science  
Special Categories:  
• Student Advocacy  
• Multimedia  
NOAA Regions:   • Pacific Northwest
Last updated Thu, 05/16/2024 - 12:38 pm EDT