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Ship to Shore- EarthEcho Expeditions: PlasticSeas Virtual Field Trip

from EarthEcho International

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The deep sea is home to a variety of understudied, otherworldly ecosystems that are in need of human understanding if they are to have any protection from encroaching deep sea fishing and mining activities. These systems support the global marine environment though habitat creation, nutrient cycling, and maintenance of biodiversity. However, they also happen to be found in areas with rich stores of oil, gas, minerals, and potential new pharmaceuticals. Understanding what ecosystem processes generate these key services is fundamental to their protection.

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Expedition: PlasticSeas resources and programs are available for free on our website, thanks to our presenting sponsor the Northrop Grumman Foundation.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Career Education, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Google Hang OutYouTube Live

Booking Information

We are excited to bring to you exciting videos, engaging lessons and more from our Expedition: PlasticSeas! These events are the launch of our 2018 EarthEcho Expeditions: PlasticSeas. We traveled to Melbourne, Australia and examined plastic in the ocean, in October of 2018. The resulting engaging videos and STEM design challenges made by teachers for teachers are available for free on our website, thanks to our presenting sponsor the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Our Virtual Field Trips and live streams are open to everyone. Each event will focus on specific science standards for middle and/or high school students, but will be enjoyable and informative for a wide range of audiences. We consider a Virtual Field Trip or live stream participant anyone who logs on to view the event. We’d love it if you could watch for the duration and ask questions, but it is not required.

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EarthEcho International

Washington, D.C.
United States

EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. Established by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandfather legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, our mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future.  

EarthEcho’s programs are developed for and by youth and the educators and community leaders that support them. All of our resources are designed to equip new generations of trailblazers and problem solvers to identify and tackle environmental challenges in their own communities and beyond. Our work is focused in three main action areas:

Inspire – EarthEcho’s STEMExplore highlights relatable voices and exciting life experiences to make careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) come alive. STEMExplore kindles youth interest in solving problems and becoming critical thinkers about the world around them. The program features a series of interactive videos profiling STEM experts and thought leaders from around the world meeting a critical need by fostering the next generation of STEM professionals.

Cultivate – EarthEcho Expeditions is an annual program that leverages the rich Cousteau legacy of exploration and discovery to bring STEM education alive for today’s 21st century learners and their educators. Grounded in current real-world issues, each Expedition combines adventure, exploration, and engaging teaching in order to provide students with the tools they need to address today’s increasingly complex and changing environment, starting in their own communities. Our efforts also reach youth directly. EarthEcho’s Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is comprised of 19 diverse leaders from across the country and Baghdad, Iraq, ages 15-22, each YLC member is an emerging trailblazer that has demonstrated an ability to engage and mobilize their peers and their communities to change the world. Through EarthEcho’s platforms, YLC members are empowered to develop programs and conduct outreach to youth around the world.

Activate - The EarthEcho Water Challenge is an international program that equips anyone to combat the global water crisis starting in their own communities. Through the simple actions of testing and sharing data about a community’s water, EarthEcho Water Challenge participants become part of a growing movement of 1.4 million citizens in 143 countries who are working to conserve and protect water resources around the globe.  

Virtual Field Trips

Program Details


1. This program begins with a introduction to EarthEcho and our guest host.
2. We then discuss what is plastic and where does it come from?
3. We view photos of impacts of plastics in the ocean.
4. Participants learn about solutions to plastic use and what they can do.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The participant will:
- understand different categories of plastic there are in the world;
- understand how their actions impact the environment, especially when involving plastic;
- suggest improvement methods to solve the problem of plastic waste for my community and beyond.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

MS-PS1-3 Matter and its Interactions
Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.

MS-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.*

MS-ETS1-1 Engineering Design
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1-3 Engineering Design
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

State Standards

Principle 6: The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
The ocean affects every human life. It supplies freshwater (most rain comes from the ocean) and nearly all Earth’s oxygen. The ocean moderates the Earth’s climate, influences our weather, and affects human health.
Everyone is responsible for caring for the ocean. The ocean sustains life on Earth and humans must live in ways that sustain the ocean. Individual and collective actions are needed to effectively manage ocean resources for all.