Marine Research/STEM Grade 7

          The theme for the Marine Research/STEM program in Grade Seven (7) focuses on global climate change, pollution and the impact of fossil fuel consumption on the environment.  Students will use the informnation they acquired in Grade 6 to develop a better understanding of how technology and waste is creating environmental challenges for future generations.

     Below you will find an assortment of featured articles, videos and activities that complement the Marine Research/Design Program for Grade 7.  Follow the links to learn more.

 The Day After Tomorrow (DVD)
     Global Climate Change is a reality and its impact on the overall health and future of mankind is vividly portrayed in this science fiction thriller- The Day After Tomorrow.  Three fundamental concepts are illustrated during this two hour movie.  They are the Greenhouse Effect, Global Climate Change and the World Ocean Conveyor Belt.  This movie provides one of the best explanations as to how the world ocean conveyor belt helps to stabilize global climate conditions and what can happen when ocean currents stop or are redirected.  Students may find it difficult to take notes during this visual smorgasborg but there is a lot of science to be experienced nonetheless.
 A Plastic Ocean (NETFLIX)
     In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre our researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and are eventually consumed by us.  If it was happening in one gyre, they suspected it was happening in all of them. But the filmmakers needed experts to prove it.

     This movie was released in 2016 and it tells a very frightening depiction of how our fascination with disposable plastic is literally poisoning our oceans and its food chain.  This is a video that you cannot ignore.
 Pipe Cleaner Tower Lab
     This lab activity introduces students to the design process by working in groups to design and construct a freestanding tower using just their own creativity and some simple materials.  Every day, scientists and engineers working with many different types of materials must design an object or structure within a limited amount of time.  They often encounter unforeseen challenges or obstacles that can slow down progress of stop the project all together.  Material costs, limited time and changing demands by the customer can seriously influence the success or failure of the project.  
 China's Toxic River (60 Minutes) 13 min.
     Our society is based on the idea that "newer is better" and "out with the old" when it comes to smart phones, digital video and computer hardware.  We are always upgrading to something newer and better.  But what happens to the computer monitor, VCR or mother board that gets thrown in the recycle bin?  Watch this video special from 60 Minutes and discover that our thirst for technology is creating some very toxic and potentially deadly problems.
 Symbiotic Relationships (
     The ocean realm is filled with organisms living together and interacting with their physical environment.  Symbiosis is all about relationships and how different creatures live in harmony, or compete with each other.  This short video features the three most common symbiotic relationships and use a variety of marine creatures to highlight how these relationships work.  There is a lot of information packed inside this ten minute video so students should pay close attention and take careful notes.  "Symbiosis in the Sea with Jonathan Bird".
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