Collecting Data to Explore Plastic Pollution in Our Communities

Learning

Date and Time:

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:00am to Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 3:00am

Registration Deadline:

Friday, November 1, 2019, 8:00pm

Organization: 

The issue of plastic pollution and the practice of data collection are inherently interdisciplinary. As a result, this course integrates civic and scientific content with pedagogical practices that are important for teaching students at the middle school level. In particular, this course will help you to:

- Examine your own understanding of plastic pollution at local, regional, and global levels
- Integrate data collection activities and strategies into your own instruction
- Develop a library of tools and resources that you can use to inform your future instructional design around data collection and plastic waste
- Ground your understanding of data collection in the C3 Framework for Social Studies and the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Course Schedule

Session 1: Planet or Plastic? Prepare for a Data Collection Expedition

October 30 - November 5

Dive into the issue of plastic pollution and the practice of data collection. Consider the role of data collection in the Geo-Inquiry Process and how data can guide and support youth actions for positive change.

 

Session 2: Look Closely: Gather Observational Data

November 6 - 12

Explore the role of observational data in the Sea to Source expedition and a case study. Consider tools and strategies to engage students in collecting observational data.

 

Session 3: Ask & Listen: Collect Social Science Data

November 13 - 19

Explore the role of social science data in the Sea to Source expedition and a case study. Consider tools and strategies to engage students in collecting social data.

 

Session 4: Map It: Plot Geospatial Data

November 20 - 26

Explore the role of geospatial data in the Sea to Source expedition and a case study. Consider tools and strategies to engage students in collecting geospatial data.

 

Session 5: A Planet in Balance! Plan a Data Collection Expedition

November 27 - December 18 (Two weeks, extended for the Thanksgiving Holiday)

Develop an instructional plan for collecting data about plastic pollution that engages your students in exploring plastic waste in their community through the Geo-Inquiry Process.