Nature’s Academy is constantly evolving and finding new ways to educate our students on current issues surrounding their community. Last month we launched a new Citizen Science Program that focused on the increasing problems associated with microplastics. Students aided our efforts by taking and processing water samples, sediment samples and recording biodiversity data, as well as collecting and documenting marine debris in two separate locations.
Microplastics are small pieces of plastic debris in the environment that originate from the breakdown of plastic pollution. Microplastics are not only harmful to the ocean, but are becoming more prevalent in the water that humans use for consumption and other daily tasks. One of the main goals of our program was to educate our students about the existing problem and then to identify ways that they are able to combat the issues.
Students gained hands-on knowledge of STEM and marine science related technology through using new equipment that measured the amount of microplastics in the water and sediment of Fort De Soto North Beach. All of the data that was documented by our students will be uploaded to our Citizen Science Database. The purpose of our database is to provide an outlet for our students to record and share information they collected with people and scientists from all over the world.
For more information about this and other programs, visit the Nature’s Academy website and bring your students on the edventure of a lifetime!