February 24, 2015

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Last week on February 17, our group decided that we would have students play bingo for the event planned by us. The rules are the same as regular bingo, but students will have to find pieces of litter assigned in their card, and we have good faith that they will not cheat, hopefully because this event is during lunch. To get...

February 9, 2015

Today students took time to reflect on the impact that marine debris can have on aquatic organisms. Specifically, students looked at the Albatross, a sea bird that surfs the oceans waves looking for squid and fish to eat. However, those Albatross will often eat plastic by mistake. By dissecting boluses, the non-digestible pieces that the birds regurgitate, scientists can get an idea of how much plastic these animals are eating, and the composition of those materials.

To sample the composition, our students at Helms...

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!...

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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