(Ages 9 and up)
Learn about real world threats to marine mammals and the ocean as well as the urgent need to address them. Using problem solving and critical thinking skills, participants will collaborate to design a solution to alleviate one of the threats. This program raises the awareness of participants to the interconnection between people and the ocean and empowers them to help restore it. In the process they discover how science and engineering are important to ocean related careers.
This is a two-part distance learning event with an assignment in between.
The first session is a multimedia presentation and discussion focused on the discovery of the challenges humans are placing on the survival of marine mammals and ocean health.
The program will begin with a video introduction and overview ofPacific Marine Mammal Center
Presenter and participants explore and discuss threats to marine mammals with human origins including:
Bycatch of marine mammals in the fishing industry
The effects of chemical pollutants and the pathways they take to enter the ocean
Plastics and other marine debris and the pathways they take to enter the ocean including the 'garbage patches' that ocean gyres are collecting.
Direct human interaction
Participants will view pictures and videos highlighting affects listed above
Presenter and participants will explore and discuss environmentally friendly behaviors which can be adopted daily to reduce human impact on the environment on an individual level
Presenter and participants will discover example technology and systems that have been developed to mitigate some of the threats discussed.
Presenter will outline the project participants are to tackle by restating the different threats to marine mammals originating from humans, encourage them to select one of the issues they feel most passionate about.and relay that they are to engineer a solution or system to mitigate the anthropogenic threat they chose. Participants will be directed to their teacher/program leader as to the amount of time they have to complete the task and when they will be presenting it in the subsequent session.
Time is allotted for additional questions and discussion
Participants select one of those challenges and, between program sessions, embark on an exercise to create a viable solution which they then present to our ocean expert in the second session. During that session the design’s feasibility will be analyzed and a discussion of how it might be implemented then ensues.
Persistent Organic Pollutants, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Harassment, Migratory, Entanglement, Habituation
We use Zoom to connect with participants. The education department will send you a link with instructions on how to connect with us for the program. In order to insure your presentation goes smoothly, we ask that you do not connect via WIFI. A cabled connection to the internet helps insure transmission of HD video files included in the presentation.
Explore, discuss and develop an appreciation for threats to marine mammals with human origins
Explore, discuss and develop an appreciation for environmentally friendly behaviors which can be adopted daily to reduce human impact on the environment on an individual level
Discover example technology and systems that have been developed to mitigate some of the threats discussed.
Research, evaluate, design and engineer a solution to one of the threats discussed
Communicate their design and participate in a constructive critique
Standards, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross Cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices
Disciplinary Core Ideas:
PS1: Chemical Reactions
PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
LS2: Ecosystems: interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Earth and Space Sciences:
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
ETS1: Engineering Design
ETS2: Links among engineering, technology, science and society
Cross Cutting Concepts:
Cause and Effect: Mechanisms and Explanation
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Systems and System Models
Energy and Matter: flows, Cycles, and Conservation
Structure and Function
Stability and Change
Science and Engineering Practices:
Asking Questions and Defining Problems
Developing and Using Models
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information