Broadcast live on:

Wednesday 8 Jun 2022
  • free
  • 40 mins
  • General audience
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Get to grips with plastics

In this live lesson, teenager Sydney ‘Syd’ Steenland will describe her journey to becoming an environmental activist and co-founding the Sea Monkey Project. Learn about Syd’s adventures at sea and her work to find solutions to the problem of plastic pollution.


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You can also prepare your class by looking at the educational resources provided by the Sea Monkey Project or the Teacher Resources and activities on Encounter Edu.

Lesson steps

1. Introduction (5 minutes)

We welcome the viewers to the live session with an introduction to Syd and the Sea Monkey Project. This is followed by an introduction hook to World Ocean Day and the #ourblue theme and a brief outline of the content of the session explaining how viewers can interact with the team.

2. The Sea Monkey Project (15 mins)

Syd tells of her life growing up on a sailboat and how the project started. She will then cover the full spectrum of plastic pollution and how it affects us and the wildlife we all love. The presentation section of the lesson ends with Syd talking about the Sea Monkey Project’s awareness-raising and education work, as well as local projects aimed at reducing the amount of plastic that enters the ocean. Syd will end by sharing how she started making a difference at a young age and how other kids can do the same.

3. Q&A (10 minutes)

This is a chance for children to ask any questions they have about the Sea Monkey Project, being a youth activist, and how they can engage in tackling marine plastic pollution.

4. Summary (5 minutes)

Syd will finish the live lesson by re-emphasising our ocean connection and directing children and classes to the additional resources. Syd will also mention some of the other sessions available on World Ocean Day for Schools.


SPEAKER Sydney Steenland

Sydney Steenland

Environmental activist, Sea Monkey Project

Coral Live 2018 Jamie Buchanan Dunlop

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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