Tsunami Debris Species Risk

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Students use scientific models as a tool to evaluate the many kinds of risk tsunami marine debris poses. They then explore the risk posed by live organisms that have colonized tsunami marine debris. Lesson highlights include rotating stations for focused, species-specific research and exploratory activities related to the issue of marine debris and potential invasive species. This activity is available for Grades 6-8 and 9-12, within the "Impacts" 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: https://oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/marine-debris-steamss.

Marine Debris Topics:  
• Impacts  
• Grade 6-8  
• Grade 9-12  
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:  
• LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes  
• LS2: Ecosystems  
• LS4: Biological Evolution  
• Language Arts  
• Earth Science  
• Life Science  
Special Categories:  
• Citizen Science  
• Working with Data  
• Research  
• Multimedia  
NOAA Regions:   • California  • Pacific Northwest
Last updated Thu, 05/16/2024 - 12:36 pm EDT