In this project, students were asking the question “How is plastic pollution affecting our Oceans? The 4 UN sustainability goals in focus were: Life Below Water, Responsible Consumption and Production, Clean Water and Good Health and Well Being.
Students explored the work of Greenpeace in Thailand and read news articles about ocean animals, including the plight of the pilot whale that died in Songkhla province. The whale died with 8kg of plastic waste inside its stomach. Using recycled materials students re-created a model of the whale, complete with eaten plastic to raise awareness of the issue.
Students undertook persuasive writing to write a letter to their parents to encourage their families to stop using plastic straw, which is a particular problem to ocean life.
Using the design process students created Lego models of turtles and whales. Then developing their programming skills with Lego WeDo to have the models move and communicate.
Students then headed to Bang Saen beach to clean the beach to help reduce the amount of plastic ending up in the sea.
Students created designs for fabric bags supporting their cause of stopping the use of plastic bags. Students took these bags and campaigned outside 7-Eleven to increase awareness of the issues. Students handed out their fabric bags to members of the local community and customers of 7-Eleven.
Please help support sustainability and life in our oceans. Reduce, reuse, recycle and wherever possible stop using plastic.
At Pensmith STEM our curriculum through the UN sustainability goals expose students to real-world problems and how what they are studying is relevant. Students undertake these projects which combine skills and knowledge from across the curriculum. This develops students’ ability to work in teams, promote their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, develop research skills, and ideate solutions to real-world problems, all through discovery and exploratory learning.
Subjects / Skills directly related to the project: English, Science, Geography, Art, Design, Engineering, Technology.
21st Century Skills Developed: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Leadership