High School Workshops

"Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea."

-Sylvia Earle, Founder of Mission Blue


Flounderville:  Create a Marine Protected Area!

Our planet is more than 70% ocean and for generations we have been exploiting our marine resources and destroying pristine oceanic habitats. Together we can bring back healthy oceans, but we must first learn how to work together. In this workshop students will experience how local stakeholders play a part in defending our oceans by creating a mock marine protected area in small teams for the fictional city of Flounderville.  

Students will be able to: 

  • Define Marine Protected Area (MPA)

  • Describe the various types of MPA's found in the USA

  • Understand how a MPA is formed

  • Recognize the difficulties in creating marine policy

  • Identify key stakeholders in local, state and federal marine policy and evaluate their relevance

  • Brainstorm ways for stakeholders to work together, determine next steps and take informed action, as appropriate

  • Discover avenues to protect local marine habitats

  • Create a mock Marine Protected Area

Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework (2016): 

HS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-2; HS-ESS3-3; HS-LS2-7

Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework (2018): 

Standards 1-7 for History and Social Science Practice, Pre-K-12

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On average, our high school workshops run for 90 minutes to 2 hours. Please contact us about pricing. We try our best to work with each school's budget. 

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Plankton & Plastics:  What's Drifting in Our Oceans? 

Plastic's permanent and abundant presence in our oceans has become a major research topic across many fields. However, not everyone realizes that plastic is harmful across the entire marine food web. This workshop will illustrate how plastic has infiltrated the planktonic marine environment, introduce what plankton are and show students easy ways they can protect the ocean.  

Students will be able to:  

  • Describe and define the difference between phytoplankton and zooplankton

  • Describe phytoplankton's role in photosynthesis and the global carbon cycle

  • Identify common plankton under a microscope

  • Understand the importance of plankton in the marine food web (as biomass, detritus, etc.)

  • Discuss how plastic and humans have impacted the marine food web

  • Brainstorm ways to refuse plastic in everyday living

  • Define advocacy

  • Create a unique art project that demonstrates environmental advocacy

Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework (2016):

HS-ESS2-6; HS-LS1-5; HS-LS2-4; HS-LS2-5; HS-LS2-7

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