February 2, 2015

Students have begun collecting data on their campus using Instagram and the hashtag(#) zerolitter. Like ducks to water, middle school students are adept at using technology like our tablets and the Instagram app. We are using various hashtags like plastic, paper, metal, to calculate what percentage of the litter is in each category.

Check out this Crystal Geyser water bottle that somehow ended up as litter in this tree!


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January 12, 2015

Following our visit to the trash capture device in front of Helms Middle Schools, students created posters of the water cycle, and how water moves around the Earth. Evaporation and precipitation are the forces most often discussed in school, but our internship is focusing on the runoff, and what it might carry back to the bay.


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January 12, 2015

Today Jen Jackson from the City of San Pablo took our students on a mini field trip. We visited a Trash capture device which is installed in the storm drain across the street from their school. Students learned that most storm drains in the SF Bay Area have no filters at all, any materials that enter the storm drain will be swept along with stormwater into the nearest creek or channel that enters the bay. However, the storm drain that we visited includes...

January 5, 2015

Hello there! In the next twelve weeks we will be exploring the ways in which our middle school students connect with their watershed, and what they can do to address litter on their campus.

Today we learned about ocean ecosystems and food webs, then played a game so that students could experience what it is like to be a small fish trying to stay alive with large predators around.

See you soon!


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