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WaterWays - Sharks & Plastic

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Did you know sharks can vomit their stomachs out of their mouth? In an engaging call to action, students view a shark vomiting plastic trash. Students then make observations about the shark, create a hypothesis, and gather data to test how the plastic got into the shark's stomach. Their investigation tracks plastic as it travels through the storm drains and outfalls of Chimhe City, into the local ocean ecosystem! 

WaterWays was developed in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Hudson River Park and Mount Sinai's Transdisciplinary Center for Early Environmental Exposure, with funding support from the National Institutes of Health. 

Sharks & Plastic includes:

  • A personalized digital science journal and an augmented reality experience where students examine a shark's anatomy (accessible by phone or browser using webVR) 
  •  40 minutes of interactive activities where students are scientists engaged with water science and water stewardship
  • Assessment dashboard for educators to monitor and scaffold student learning

Teacher Testimonials:

  • “I loved WaterWays.”
  • “It was really user friendly for the kids and they were able to navigate through.”
  • “Kids kept asking, “Can we do it again?” and a lot of them would go look at it again during their downtime.”

Next Generation Science Standards Alignment:

Science & Engineering Practices

Disciplinary Core Idea

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Developing and Using Models
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
  • LS1.A Structure and Function
  • ETS1.B Designing Solutions to Engineering Problems
  • ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • Systems and System Models
  • Cause and Effect

Connections to Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (K-12)

  • Strand 1 (Analysis and Interpretation Skills): A, C, E, F, G
  • Strand 2 (Environmental Processes and Systems): 2.1 A, B. 2.2 A. 2.3 A
  • Strand 3 (Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues): 3.1 A, B, C
  • Strand 4 (Personal and Civic Responsibility): B, C