Ocean Health Projects for K-12 Geoscience Classrooms

Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm CC Building Circadian
Round Table Discussion


Rebecca Carnes, Smithville High School

A review of activities that can be used to help students learn about the challenges that our oceans are facing right now due to climate change and other issues. Each activity incorporates data analysis, graphing elements, and research. Students are introduced to 3 main issues that affect the oceans including pollution, the absorption of CO2, and rising temperatures. Activities focus on what to do about plastics in our oceans, the decrease in pH and ocean acidification, and the problem of coral bleaching caused by rising temperatures. What is being done to combat these issues? What has been done in the last 10 years since we have been made aware of these problems? How do we as educators inform the current generation about these issues in order to create change? These activities are mostly utilized at the High School level but can be adapted for use at lower grade levels and post-secondary.