The Columbia Climate School’s educator training events are designed to provide K-12 educators with cutting-edge tools and content to address climate change, the environment, and sustainability in their classrooms through our world-renowned scientists. We hope to engage students through science learning and teaching that goes beyond textbooks and worksheets.
All K-12 educators (both pre- and in-service), administrators, and district leaders working in formal and informal learning environments, regardless of subject area expertise, are encouraged to attend. There are no prerequisites for these events. All events are currently virtual and participants will need access to a computer in order to join our live-streamed events.
Microplastics, Mega Impact
The Columbia Climate School will be offering a series of educator opportunities around the theme of microplastics.
Date & Time: November 16th, 2022, 3:30-5:00pm ET
Format: Virtual via Zoom
Grades: 3rd- 8th
Plastics became a popular material for a wide range of products because they are easy to make from petrochemicals, inexpensive, and resistant to water, chemicals, temperature, and light. There were so many uses for plastics that plastic production growth increased exponentially. Plastic does not biodegrade naturally in our environment, which means that all of the plastic that has ever been created still exists in some form. Instead of breaking down in the environment, it breaks up into tiny pieces of plastic called microplastics.
Be able to define microplastics (primary vs secondary sources & type of plastics)
Understand potential environmental risks of microplastics
Explain the impacts of microplastics on the marine ecosystem and on humans
Empowerment of youth to make personal to community change to address the plastic problem through both the reduction of plastic usage and clean up efforts
Introduce student to various emerging plastic solutions beyond linear municipality recycling