Students will engage in citizen science and contribute to the Florida Microplastics Awareness database (www.plasticaware.org
). This is a hands-on, inquiry-led science investigation where students collect and analyze water samples in small groups. Through this investigation, students will discover the microscopic world of the aquatic environment and identify potential impacts of tiny plastic pieces. Students will hear the latest in scientific advancements in the burgeoning field of microplastics research, present their results, and engage in scientific discourse. As result of this exploration students will have skills that include: experimental design, grab sampling, vacuum filtration, classification, quality control and assurance, and microscope work.
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