Love your saltmarsh activity

Love your saltmarsh is an activity about the benefits we get from nature and making difficult choices about coastal management.  When there is no saltmarsh and mudflat in front of a LEGO® town, participants discover that they spend more of their chocolate coins to build and maintain a higher sea wall.

The core activity was designed for students aimed at student 7-11 in the context of a science festival, with the resource pack primarily aimed at researchers and STEM ambassadors.  However, there are plenty of ideas for adaptation for different ages/abilities and a classroom setting.  It can be used as a simple experiment and to support learning in different regional curricula areas such as:

  • working scientifically
  • advantages and disadvantages of a proposed land use development
  • positive & negative human impact on the environment
  • citizenship
  • friction, forces and waves

Key learning outcomes include:

  • Salt marshes and mudflats reduce the height of waves arriving at the shoreline and so can reduce coastal erosion & flooding
  • ‘Soft’ coastal defences are often a less expensive way of managing coastal erosion and flooding than building and maintaining ‘hard’ coastal defences
  • As a society, we need to make decisions about where and how we spend money on coastal defences and what we want our coast to look like

The pack is in three versions to link with the regional curricula and also in Welsh. Packs also include researcher career profiles.

This is a resource from the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability research programme.

 

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