Educational activity – Coral bleaching

How will this ancient inhabitant of the seabed withstand climate change? Along with the projection of a short video, the Tara Expeditions Foundation offers ready-to-go educational activities to do with students, 8 to 16 years old. The activities aim to enrich their knowledge of the ocean, especially coral, and explain the fragility of this ecosystem as it confronts the impacts of climate change. The video & proposed activities encourage an awareness of the role young people can play in addressing the climate change challenge.

Download the booklets of educational activities about Coral Bleaching:

8-12 years old
12-15 years old
15-18 years old

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Video – Coral bleaching

Frank the Coral lived quietly on the Great Barrier Reef for 400 years. Over the past century, Frank noticed that the ocean was gradually getting warmer. Then in 2016, the water temperature rose  suddenly, making it particularly dangerous for him. How will this ancient inhabitant of the seabed withstand climate change?

Discover the nature of coral and the dangers it confronts due to global warming with this 6-minute video animation. Conceived by Tullio Rossi, PhD in marine biology and expert in scientific communication at Coral Garden:

 

Along with the projection of a short video, the Tara Expeditions Foundation offers ready-to-go educational activities to do with students, 8 to 16 years old. The activities aim to enrich their knowledge of the ocean, especially coral, and explain the fragility of this ecosystem as it confronts the impacts of climate change. The video & proposed activities encourage an awareness of the role young people can play in addressing the climate change challenge.

Ocean currents and salinity

 “Does water salinity affect ocean currents?”

Explore this theme with this experiment and understand the major influence of water’s salinity on ocean currents.

 

Ocean currents and temperature

“Does temperature affect ocean currents?”

Explore this theme with this experiment and study the major influence of water’s temperature on ocean currents.

 

Expansion of warm water

“Does water expand when heated?”

By recreating the phenomenon of oceans’ warming with an experiment, you will understand and illustrate one of the reasons of ocean levels rise.

 

Carbon dioxide (CO2) and ocean acidification

“Does the rise of atmospheric CO2 have consequences for the oceans?”

This sheet will help you understand the impact of the rise of certain greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide) on the climate and on the oceans.

 

Greenhouse effect

“What is the greenhouse effect?”

Many gases in the earth’s atmosphere allow us to live with a good temperature and protect us. Yet, the rise of the concentration of some of these gases causes climatic changes. This experiment will help you understand the phenomenon.

 

Melting pack ice and oceans level rise

“If the North Pole melts, won’t ocean levels rise?”

This experiment will help you understand the consequences of the North Pole’s melting pack ice and the ocean levels.

 

Land ice melt

“Will the melting of land-ice raise the ocean levels?”

Is there a difference between the melting of ice pack and the melting of land-ice? Do the ocean levels rise when the land-ice melts? This sheet will help you explain this phenomenon with an experiment based on this theme.

 

Melting and fragility of pack ice

“If the pack ice becomes more fragile, then it melts more easily. Why is this?”

This sheet enables the students to discover the truth about melting ice, why and how fast it is happening.

 

Germination and pollution

“Can seeds germinate under any conditions?”

This experiment enables students to estimate the consequences of a rise of acidity in an environment on the seed germination. Students will understand how modifying the environment can have deep consequences on the living beings living in it.

 

Pollution and plants

“Can plants absorb pollution?”

This experiment enables students to see the absorption of pollutants by the plants.

 

Testing wind turbines

“How is electricity made using the wind?”

This sheet enables the students to discover the working of « renewable » energies and their benefits.

 

Testing solar energy

“How can we make electricity with the sun?”

Introduce to the students the interest of solar energy to produce electricity.