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Hands-on science - Build a microplastic collection device

Hands-on science - Build a microplastic collection device


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Activity: Plastics on trial: BabyLegs

Description | 2 hours

Media: Everyone is a researcher! Join researchers at the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) while they investigate the sources of plastic in our waterways using DIY research tools. Learn how plastic is an environmental justice issue and who is more affected by plastic pollution.

Activity: Makerspace meets citizen science - Students create their own microplastic data collection device (called "BabyLegs") by following the step-by-step instructions. Next, students use their data collection device for a research project. Students follow a step-by-step guide to design their field study. Critical thinking skills are then put to the test as students develop a research question and hypothesis, collect data in the field, and analyze their findings.

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About Ocean School

This is a free educational resource from the Canadian Government about the ocean, through the Ocean Frontier Institute at Dalhousie University and the National Film Board of Canada. Ocean School provides free, media-rich, ocean-based resources in multiple subjects for students in grades 5–12. Created by educators, scientists and storytellers, these interactive learning materials help students understand our influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on us.

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