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New Lens on Ocean Environment

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Dead zones that threaten sea creatures like the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab. Storm-water runoff that pollutes rivers. Students can explore these and other environmental threats in Earth Echo International‘s engaging, video-rich education program designed to empower youth to help protect and restore “our water planet.”

Founded in 2000 by Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, grandchildren of the legendary undersea explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, the nonprofit organization offers a number of free resources, many of them designed to cover the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Into the Dead Zone, Earth Echo International’s first expedition, dives below the Chesapeake Bay with Philippe Cousteau Jr. and scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oyster Recovery Partnership, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to explore such phenomenon as energy transfer and oyster reef ecology. An accompany video series by Cathryn Berger Kaye, author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning, outlines how to inspire students to investigate and take action. There also is a database of resources for educators, searchable by grade level, program, and type – such as videos, design challenges, or lesson plans.

 

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