Come along with Tim from the Coastal Environment Centre as he takes us on a survey of microplastics at Narabeen Lake.

What will students learn? - Stage 4

The role stormwater pollution plays in transporting plastics to the ocean.
Alternatives to single use plastics.
What is sustainability?
How we are damaging our environment.
Learning about microplastics.
What macroplastics are and how they break down to microplastics.
Single use plastics.
What sea creatures are in the lagoon that will be affected by microplastics.
Equipment needed for a microplastic survey.
Recording the data samples.
Understanding how pollution moves through the landscape with a catchment model.
What we can all do to reduce the amount of pollution into our aquatic environment.

Tim is the Environmental Educator at the Coastal Environment Centre at Narabeen Lagoon.

Tim Seaton

Stage 4 Lesson: Measuring microplastics in facial exfoliator

  • Syllabus Reference
  • Resources
  • Outcomes
  • Experiment
  • Results
  • Discussion

Resources to download

Students will undertake an experiment to extract and measure microplastics from a facial exfoliator.


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