The following kits are available to check out from NS3 free of charge:
Microplastics: Two versions of the kit to introduce students to the environmental impacts of microplastics. Suggested for grades 4 and up.
KEVA: Set of 200 KEVA planks for exploring structures and building principles. Made possible by Science World BC. Suggested for ages 5 and up.
Please contact us for more information.
CitSci.org connects you to ongoing citizen science projects from around the world or helps you develop and manage your own project.
Scistarter.com also connects you to ongoing citizen science projects and also has a range of other activities. Activities and projects can be sorted by projects to do at home, at school, etc.
Trash to Treasure
Below are links to several online resources about pollution:
- Sources and effects of pollution from the Capitol Regional District
- Impacts of plastic litter on animals from onegreenplanet.org
- More on the impacts of plastic waste
- interesting article on the impacts of urban litter and a related social media campaign
- there are some fantastic resources through NOAA and through a program called Washed Ashore -some of these are also provided in the teacher resource binder.
You can also download all the pdf documents provided in the teacher resource binder as one document.
As part of our Trash to Treasure program we have developed two kits to provide information and activities for students around the topic of microplastics. These kits were developed with the grade 6 curriculum in mind but could easily be modified for other grade levels. Activities can be used to expand the Trash to Treasure program or can serve as a stand-alone unit.
This version of the Beach Detective – Microplastics Investigation Kit is meant for teachers or educators who have not participated in the Trash to Treasure Beach Clean Up. The activity takes place over two days. The first day includes an introduction to microplastics as well as several warm-up activities to prepare the students on methods for data analysis. Students will need to collect samples as homework (instructions included). The second day of the activity involves having students use scientific techniques to search for microplastics in their samples and record their data. This data will eventually sent to an actual scientific lab for analysis!
This version of the Beach Detective – Microplastics Investigation Kit is meant for teachers or educators who have already participated in the Trash to Treasure Beach Clean Up and/or already have collected samples to test for microplastics. The activity takes place over one day. The first part of the activity includes an introduction to microplastics as well as several warm-up activities to prepare the students on methods for data analysis. The second part of the activity involves having students use scientific techniques to search for microplastics in their samples and record their data. This data will eventually sent to an actual scientific lab for analysis!
This is a great, easy activity to introduce students of any age to the growing microplastic problem. This activity includes all the materials needed for a complete lesson, including a detailed data sheet, a choice board for differentiated instruction, as well as a custom rubric for marking assignments. You and your students will be surprised with what you discover while “fishing”!
To reserve the Microplastics Classroom Kit, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiry-based Activities and Resources
Some great hands-on science activities for pre-school aged kids. Many of these could also be modified for primary school students as well. Big Science for Little Hands I is available through Science World and Big Science for Little Hands II is available through the NS3 website.
Check out the Inquiry Cards with activities for grades K-12 and information for teachers available through Smarter Science.