Cool Seas Investigators (CSI – Challenge)


Litter is a major issue for our environment. It’s a threat to wildlife and impacts our ocean. It also affects the local community – it’s ugly, and is a financial burden. That’s why the Marine Conservation Society are working with the plastics industry to tackle this problem, and are involving UK schools, Years 5-8 (8-13 year), in the brand new Cool Seas Investigators (CSI): Litter Challenge!

Engaging young students in this local, national and global issue will show them how they can have an impact on litter, and how they can influence others.

The competition will help students reduce litter in your school, and better still, the winning school will have their campaign up-scaled and promoted by the Marine Conservation Society and the Plastics Industry, to help reduce litter across the UK! Schools taken part have a chance to win £250 towards a “green project” at their school. Full student resources and teachers’ notes will help to run the project in the schools.

This is a problem-based learning project giving students the opportunity to:

  • Investigate the issue of litter through a hands on litter survey,
  • Take part in webinars to learn more from a litter expert,
  • Work together to design a litter campaign, including shareable digital content such as a video, image or animation.

The litter campaign will be trialled within the school and each school will submit their most effective campaign into a competition with other participating schools. After trialling the students’ campaign in their schools, they can enter into a competition with others.  The winners will be chosen from the primary and secondary categories.

Key dates 2017:
The project will begin with an in-school litter survey to be completed before the webinars. Live webinars will take place on 7th and 10th March with 10 places available per webinar. The webinars will also be recorded and can be accessed online at any time. Schools will have until the 3rd April to develop a concept, design, run and submit their campaigns. Winners will be announced in late April 2017!

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