6th Graders Become Influencers and Citizen Scientists in "PlanktonTown" Pilot Project

We just began a new experiment with a wonderful and willing class of 6th graders at the Blue Heron Middle School here in Port Townsend. Anna Young, friend and Port Townsend artist and I are pleased to be invited to try out our pilot project to engage students with the microscopic world. The art room of teacher Luci Chambers has become our laboratory for this uncharted exploration into creating a social and environmental art “movement.” The seed of this project has been planted among 32 students who have created “zines” about plankton which we will help them give away to the public all over Port Townsend. By giving gifts along with information about the importance of plankton, students will hopefully feel aware and empowered to learn more and protect this vital resource.

PlanktonTown participants will meet offsite after school at “Plankton Cafés,” around Port Townsend to continue making art projects for sharing with others.

We are looking for support in any way to continue these classes and gatherings. Join us by following our progress on our blog and Instagram:

http://planktontown.edublogs.org

@planktontown

@oceansculptor - my own Instagram location

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A short list of ingredients doesn't mean it’s an easy job making oxygen!

A short list of ingredients doesn't mean it’s an easy job making oxygen!

Proud chefs.

Proud chefs.

3 Zooplankton  - copepod, tomopteris and barnacle nauplius

3 Zooplankton - copepod, tomopteris and barnacle nauplius

PlanktonTown Manifesto

We are Blue Heron Middle School students who are learning about the huge importance of plankton to the survival of our planet. We want to share stories, pictures and projects that bring attention to these tiny heroes of the ocean. Our goal is for every resident of our town to know something about plankton by receiving one of our plankton giveaway art projects, 

 Plankton are the tiny drifting plants and animals in the ocean. The plants are phytoplankton, the animals are zooplankton. The phytoplankton produces more than half the oxygen we breathe on Earth. They also provide food for the zooplankton which feed all the fish and whales. 

 We hope you enjoy this gift and will share what you’ve learned about plankton with others.

Thank you!

Some of the Plankton Zines made by students.

Some of the Plankton Zines made by students.

6th graders drawing plankton graffiti on school windows

6th graders drawing plankton graffiti on school windows