The scientific pedagogy
The development of skills related to scientific culture is a fundamental axis of the Pedagogical Sailboat.
The aim is to develop a strong background to launch citizen science projects with students. The focus now is on the pollution of the seas by microplastics:
The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most affected regions in the world by microplastics. According to a scientific literature, the concentration of microplastics in the mediterranean sea is amongst the highest in the world*.
* Suaria, G. et al. The Mediterranean Plastic Soup: synthetic polymers in Mediterranean surface waters. Sci. Rep. 6, 37551; doi: 10.1038/srep37551 (2016).
The students (16+) will explore the scientific research on microplastics through
- a scientific reference article in nature Scientific Reports : "The effect of particle properties on the depth profile of buoyant plastics in the ocean ". According to this study, on average 60% of the buoyant microplastics present in the first 5 m of the water column are overlooked when sampling with manta or neuston nets . We will propose to the students to design a new manta net that tackle this issue within the technical pedagogy.
- a European project on sea pollution by plastic DeFishGear : 7 pays 5M d'Euro.
Scientific support :
Dr Andrej Krzan from the National Institute of Chemistry , who coordinated the European project DeFishGear is providing the scientific support.