Tracking Your Trash
Students at ECHS will explore the Lumber Watershed that includes the local Carolina Bay Lake Waccamaw. (This lesson can be adapted to any school location by determining (teacher or students) which watershed the community belongs). Students will use a N.C. watershed map (http://22.214.171.124/Plan/NC_River_Basins_Map.htm) to find their community’s watershed. Students will determine their connection to the sea (in this case the Atlantic). Students will also explore the properties and causes of surface currents and track where their trash could travel to within those currents using data from a variety of sources (CORMP, SECOORA, etc.). Students will develop their own solutions to the issues of marine waste and clean-up methods. Finally students will explore sustainability efforts both worldwide and locally.
Authors: Erin Bode; EARTH 2012