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(Retired) Reclaiming the Sea from Marine Debris (RSMD)

Our “Reclaiming the Sea from Marine Debris” curriculum informs and educates participants about the effects of marine debris and plastics. It encourages a proactive approach by teaching participants about the mitigation of environmental impacts to make a change. This interactive curriculum is divided into a three-part workshop that induces practical hands on learning experiences combined with a STEM approach. This involves identifying what the problem is, what can be done, and how it can be done. Lessons and activities provide an opportunity for students, teachers, and families to interact with actionable resources to aid in plastic mitigation and awareness.

Students from the public school systems in the North Shore of Massachusetts first participate in classroom lessons and activities about marine debris and micro plastics and how they affect the environment. Teachers are given flexible curriculum materials that have been developed by NOAA, Gyre Lesson Plans, and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), and will be able to tailor the information to their students.

The next day, they visit the Gloucester Harbor, an area with high human traffic which retains high amounts of pollution. During this field trip, students are introduced to various forms of technology that aid in marine debris mitigation including the Seabin, Marina Trash Skimmer, WasteShark, and Underwater Trident.

On the final day, students learn how they can make a difference to reduce the amount of marine plastics in their community. They are taught about plastics bans on the local level, replacing items in their daily life for non-plastic products, and how to contact their local legislators to make a public change.