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For: Stages 3 -6 Science/Geography
This program can be extended to a whole day program for more intensive studies
in Stages 5 and 6. Please speak to the Education Manager for further information.
Activity a: Beach
Clifton Gardens Beach
A life without plastic?
Unthinkable! Plastic is present in every aspect of our lives, where we often we
throw it away after having used it only once! Plastic, in its various forms, is
now the number one item littering our beaches and the ocean. In
this session, students will learn and apply scientific sampling methods to investigate
the pathways for plastic pollution in Chowder Bay, and quantify the amount of
macro- and microplastic on the beach.
Activity b: Managing the Invisible Threat
Unlike natural materials, plastic
never completely disappears! Plastic is not biodegradable, instead it degrades
into smaller and smaller fragments called micro plastic pieces, which persist
in the environment for a very long time. They can be found everywhere – in
parks, gardens, the ocean and of course Sydney Harbour. Microplastics in the
harbour settle down on the harbour floor and are washed on our beaches. Some of
these pieces are so tiny that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. We know
only very little about their impact on the environment, wild animals and human
health. We also have no idea how much is lurking in the harbour. In this activity students analyse
their collected sand samples from Clifton Gardens Beach for micro plastics
using a range of scientific techniques.
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