Lessons Learned

AHOY! Blast the Plast meets Plastic Pirates

During the entire school year students that participated in the Erasmus+ project Blast the Plast studied the issue of plastic pollution in coorperation with their partner schools in Sweden and Iceland.
In the context of the project “Plastic Pirates” they were invited to undertake a scientific expedition in Wutöschingen, Germany (https://bmbf-plastik.de/de/plastikpiraten).

Just like real scientists they explored the waterways along the Wutach to find, count and document macroplastics – such as the remains of plastic bags,  – and microplastics, which are barely visible microparticles.

The presence of plastic waste in German waterways is largely unexplored. The citizen science project “Plastic Pirates – The Sea Begins Here!” designed for young people is helping to close this gap in knowledge.

The results are documented on a digital map of Germany (link).

“Plastic Pirates” is a citizen science campaign which contributes to research on the distribution of macro- and microplastics along German rivers. It is part of the  of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is carried out in cooperation with ozean:labor at Kieler Forschungswerkstatt.

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