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Virtual Field Trip: Beyond Dead Zones

Recorded on Feb 4. 

Join Philippe Cousteau and EarthEcho for a LIVE virtual field trip as we launch our new Expedition: Beyond Dead Zones videos!

To celebrate our new Expedition videos we will take classrooms from around the country on a virtual field trip from coast to coast. Classrooms will follow the path of water from your home or streets to it’s final destination at Hyperion, Los Angeles’s largest wastewater treatment facility. Then, students will converse with Lou Toth, from the South Florida Water Management District as he takes you through their unique (and living!) Stormwater Treatment Areas.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about how the water we use and see everyday is connected to the environment and the unique solutions cities and states are employing to protect our water planet. 

This virtual field trip will focus on the following Next Generation Science Standards:

Engineering Design: 

  • ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
    • The more precisely a design task’s criteria and constraints can be defined, the more likely it is that the designed solution will be successful. Specification of constraints includes consideration of scientific principles and other relevant knowledge that are likely to limit possible solutions.
  • ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
    • There are systematic processes for evaluating solutions with respect to how well they meet the criteria and constraints of a problem

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics 

  • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Earth and Human Activity 

  • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
  • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
    • Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species. But changes to Earth’s environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things.
    • Typically as human populations and per-capita consumption of natural resources increase, so do the negative impacts on Earth unless the activities and technologies involved are engineered otherwise.