Plankton and Plastic Ocean Expedition

We worked with the students of the Lingnan University on a Plankton and Plastic Ocean Expedition. Over 1 day boat trip in Sai Kung, students learned about

  • Citizen Science
  • Biology
  • Bamboo spitting
  • Scientific Tool Design
  • Rapid Prototyping

and

  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Creativity

First, see the results: some creative designs and interesting observations! Only in one day! By students with almost no prior experience. Well done ladies and gents.  

Find out more detailed documentation from our instructables: 

https://www.instructables.com/id/Plankton-Microplastic-Drag-Net/

We encourage the use of eco materials such as bamboo to make the net design

We found 2-3 zooplanktons. We took microscopic images and upload them for identification on iNaturalist.
Observation #1: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26446398
Observation #2: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26446399
Observation #3: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26447099
Observation #4: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26447316
Apart from zooplankton, we also found algae, debris of shell, insect wing and plastic thread.

Here are some of the pictures of the expedition:

We planned to take sample from 2 different routes. One near the coast (Red line), another one further away from coastline (Blue line). Each route have 5 checkpoints.

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Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.