Education And Exhibits

Teaching & lectures about plastic pollution


Aligned to science standards, there are 14 activities divided into K-3, 4-6, 7-12, all about Plastic in the Ocean Environment.

"I was looking for a way to integrate the issue of plastic pollution into my science class that fit with the science framework we are already using.  5 Gyres produced what I was looking for." Los Angeles USD Science Teacher


Plastic Pollution Can Be Deadly
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Storm Drain Connection
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What is a Watershed
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There is No Away
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World of Waste
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Landfill in a Bottle
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Spill Spread
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Identifying Plastics
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Packaging Your Product
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Plastic Ingestion by Laysan Albatross
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Sources and Solutions
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Synthetic Sand
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You Are What You Eat
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Solutions Kit


This is a one-stop shop for everything you need to understand and teach the plastic pollution issue. You'll get samples of the North Pacific and North Atlantic Gyres.  Plastic beach sand from Easter Island, cigarette lighter from a Laysan Albatross stomach on Midway Atoll, plastic bottles bitten by fish, and a thumb drive full of videos, photos, curriculum, and template for a powerpoint presentation.  Any school or organization can use this kit in the classroom, tabling events, or in the lecture hall.

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PLASTIC MARINE POLLUTION: Research and Adventure Across the World’s Oceans


You’ll get two 45-minute assembly programs for up to 200 students each. We will talk the science of plastic waste in the oceans, about our sailing adventures around the world, and focus on solutions to the plastics pollution problem.

  1. What are “Gyres” and “Garbage Patches”
  2. What are the ecological impacts, and chemical effects?
  3. What is plastic, it’s benefit to society and true costs to the oceans?
  4. What solutions are happening in industry, government and your community?


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Our program is appropriate for grades 3-12, with content and vocabulary changing with grade level. California State Science Standards ( discussed here are: (Grade 4 – 3a,b) (Grade 5 – 4a,b,c,d,e) (Grade 6 – 5b,c,d) and (Grade 9-12 – Bio/life Sci. 6 b,c,d; Earth Sci 5 a-g). Investigation and Experimentation for all grades – Students will learn how scientists answer questions with field work, recording data, then adding new information to what is already known through publications.

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Saving our Synthetic Seas:

undefined A traveling exhibit about the lives of people impacted by plastic pollution, from scientists at sea, to wastepickers in India, all the way to Japan where tsunami survivors sift through mountains of debris. Here we tell a story about science, through art and personal experience.

Thanks to a grant from the California Coastal Commission, we are traveling across California in 2013 and 2014 to museums, science centers, galleries and aquariums.

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