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Microplastics become an interesting topic at STEM Lab

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Microplastics become an interesting topic at STEM Lab

1 in 3 fish for human consumption contains plastic. Microplastics are found in fresh water and salt water. 95% of US adults have levels of BPS in their urine. The full extent of the impact on human health is still being uncovered, but it isn't looking good. STEM Lab 6th grade math students partnered with the Colorado School of Mines to see first hand what animals look like and do when they ingest microplastics. They used microscopes to see how Daphnea ingested microplastics from water we drink. That sparked deep inquiry, curiosity, and engagement to think about how we use plastics everyday. They went on to create solution ideas that reduce our plastic consumption in order to tackle this complex problem. #fivestarstem #fivestarproud

Students pose for the camera
Daphnea viewed through microscope

Special thanks to the STEM Lab community for submitting this Five Star Story.

This story exemplifies our ELEVATE Focus Area: Diverse Learning. Sharing stories of how students receive engaging learning experiences and the focused-attention they need through appropriate student-to-staff ratios and varied programming.

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