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2013-2014

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What we do...

In 8th grade science taught by Ms Munoz and to master the standards for 8th grade science we have learn the following concepts to deal with ocean guardian grant,

1. Endothermic and Exothermic reactions of deep sea creatures that cause luminescence so they grow in the dark of the creatures that live in the dark Monterey Bay canyon.  Exothermic reaction of stinging tentacles of jellyfish which told them about amazing new jellyfish exhibit at aquarium.
2. Plastic chemistry and bag it video
3. Litterati partnership with Aquarium: students first did hand count of plastic pollution on campus that could end up in our watershed. Graph results. We had 45% reduction in our classroom and leave teen center in morning from eating free breakfast that week. Did a home survey where most had 50% or more reduction including 60% more recycling versus throwing items away.
*LItterati is a online program where they use there smart phones to geo track on google map using instagram the trash litter they pick up to recycle. They take a picture and hashtag results so we can see the actual data in real time on a map. (Amazing!!!)
5. density of sea animals including nautlilus. Less Burr a world famous speaker and collector of shells brought in his collections to talk about density of nautilius and other creatures we have in our watershed.
6. Scuba diving in our watershed (Mr Chandler inspired me when he said he use to scuba dive) 
7. Pressure in the Monterey Bay and its affects on animals.
8. Atmospheric pressure on the local animals
9. Global warming affects our watershed
10. Acid Rain hurting our local area
11. Acids and Bases we see locally
12.Ocean Acidificication
13. Geochemical cycles, how Carbon moves through watershed and Zero Waste week in March
14. Reducing carbon footprint
15. carbon in fossils found in our ecosystem (Mr Jeff Shaw is coming in to show us soon), plus carbon in our local rocks like big Sur jade
 
-Ms Munoz

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Zero Waste Week

Students data numbers for recycling are:
 
150 water bottles
400 magazines
100 colored paper that was printed on and recycled into something else
50 tardy slips reused for bright yellow paper
50 bottle tops 
50 cardboard boxes from candy sales used for other art projects
40 zip ties used for other projects
20 jeans into purses (jeans from lost and found)
20 chalk boxes from chalk art into other art projects
20 cereal and food boxes used for art items
10 shoe laces used for other projects
10 plastic berry pint boxes turned into art
5  boxes of pieces of string left over from old projects used for new art projects
5 chip bags turned into fish art
5 lbs rough of classroom paper litter turned into "stuffing" to make 3-d fish art
3 of the 2 litter bottles burned and turned into jellyfish
20 newspapers and print adds
10 power bars wrappers to make a fish
10 plastic bags to make a jelly fish
 
Its pretty amazing how LAMS students inspired by plastic art from aquarium and Internet research, how the students turned litter into decorative art.

Ocean Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdB7sBu_azI

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The Ocean Guardian Grant is a grant that will be helping to protect our ecosystem. We are part of the ocean ecosystem in Marina. By having this grant would help to protect our animals, plants, and coral reefs. Without the grant we may not be able to protect the ecosystem forever and more animals will become endangered species, or even worse, extinct. We as students and staff are guardians of the ocean.

-Jordan Banon