Thursday, October 5, 2017

Point Defiance Zoo's Washed Ashore Exhibit

What is the Washed Ashore exhibit? 
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Washed Ashore is a non-profit community art project founded by artist and educator, Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010. The project is based in Bandon, Oregon, where Angela first recognized the amount of plastic washing up on the beaches she loved and decided to take action. Over the past six years, Washed Ashore has processed tons of plastic pollution from Pacific beaches to create monumental art that is awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis.

One of our goals this year is plastic reduction. But the intent of this goal is to draw attention to the impact of industry, society, and commerce on the environment. We are trying to look at these impacts through an unbiased lens. We want to understand things like... what is really happening, where the impact occurs, how this impact affects or effects the various aspects of our lives.

How does this relate to school?

Science Standards! 5-LS2-1 and 5-ESS3-1

Washington now uses Next Generation science standards. The 3-5 science standard includes an understanding of ecosystems and how they are inter-elated and co-dependent. The title of the standards reads as follows: " 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. " One of our approaches to meeting this standards to do evaluate systems with a global mindset, accounting for human impact, which in this case is plastic. The second Next Generation science standard we addressed with this trip is 5-ESS3-1. In this standard the goal is to:Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment. Addressing plastic waste is a very important part of analyzing and understanding the human impact on our world.

You can find out more information about Washington's new science education standard here:

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