Recycling

Our Plastic Problem and How to Solve It | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary with your students, watch the video (if helpful, follow along with the transcript) and then answer the discussion questions.

Summary: A movement to ban the use of plastic straws in restaurants is spreading across the United States. Recycling small plastics such as straws is challenging, because sorting machines must first separate recyclable waste from non-recyclables, and materials like straws are often too small to be captured. But environmental experts say that the problem isn’t in recycling, it’s that we make all this plastic in the first place. Humans have created more than 9 billion tons of plastics since the 1950s, most of which is still in circulation today. Using resources to continuously recycle all this plastic effectively cancels out any environmental benefits to the practice. Compostable straws made of materials such as wood pulp have potential, but they’re more expensive than plastic straws and consumers complain that they don’t work as well.

October 6, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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GPS: Garbology

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This DragonflyTV segment follows two boys as they investigate how reducing, reusing, and recycling helps the environment. They discover how much recyclable material is thrown out as trash every day. Also availabe in Spanish.

E-waste into Art with Robb Godshaw | KQED Art School

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How do you make artwork that is conceptual? Artist Robb Godshaw uses technical means to move things that can’t be moved, or make visible things that aren’t normally visible. Watch as Godshaw scavenges electronic waste during an artist residency at SF Recology.

Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos here

Geoambiente: Acuicultura seg. 2

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En este segundo video, se describen las formas de rehusar el agua en la acuicultura. Se explican las técnicas utilizadas para mantener la eficiencia en el uso del agua y lograr la conservación de los nutrientes necesarios para la producción agrícola. Además, se explica la forma en que las aguas usadas son utilizadas para el cultivo de hierbas aromáticas y vegetales, maximixando la utilización del preciado líquido.

In this second video, ways to reuse water in aquaculture are described.  The techniques employed to mantain the efficient use of water and reach the conservation of necessary nutrients for agricultural producation are explained.  In addition, the way waters used are re-used for the farming of aromatic herbs and vegetables maximazing the use of the precious liquid is explained.

Funny Boat

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It may be admirable to create something useful out of garbage, but it could be risky to trust your life to a boat made from items others have thrown away. In this video segment adapted from FETCH!™, cast members put their engineering design skills to the test when they are challenged to construct a boat that floats, can be steered, and is propelled by something other than oars. This resource is useful for introducing components of Engineering Design (ETS) from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to grades K-8 students.

Eco Electronics

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Engineer Erin Gately talks about the environmental aspects of her job with the printer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard, in this video adapted from DESIGN SQUAD. Erin takes apart old printers and recycles nearly all of the parts so that they can be used in new products. She and a work colleague explain how they are designing two new environmentally friendly printers, using recycled plastic and biodegradable material produced from corn instead of plastic.

What is Junk? | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Exploring our world is fun! Abby Brown, KIDS Clubhouse Adventures co-host, loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby invites kids to reuse their junk in new and creative ways, and reminds us to recycle when you can find no more new uses for your junk!

Earth Day TV Special: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed | QUEST

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Learn how the amazing accomplishments of a few Bay Area activists have shaped how we live, work, learn, and play in a more environmentally responsible way, in this video from QUEST produced by KQED. Explore how young California students are becoming the next generation of environmental stewards and what new challenges are being faced today by the environment and the people who protect it.

Electronic Gadgets

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In this animated video from LOOP SCOOPS, Oliver and his sister Gabby visit LOOP headquarters, where they take a quiz about Oliver's computer game. The kids are surprised to learn that the parts in the game device came from 18 different countries and traveled 228,000 miles; that the game device contains titanium, gold, and mercury; and that millions of discarded the game devices have ended up in landfills. After learning this, Oliver decides to keep his current the game device rather than getting a new one.

Degrees that Work - Going Green - Part 1

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Learn about the degrees and careers that are associated with green jobs in the fields of agriculture and resource conservation and pollution prevention.

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