Coastal ecosystems are constantly changing their shape and size. This change is due to the wave action, currents, and tides. Each factor can either deposit or remove sediment from the coast. Sediment deposits can block sewage drains to back up and contaminate our beaches. Erosion can cause buildings to collapse. Both of these are realities after Hurricane Maria.
Our 9th graders have been creating a beach profile since before Hurricane Maria hit under the guidance of their Science teacher, Mr. Denys Ríos and Mrs. Jessica Hartman. Today, they continued this hands-on learning activity by visiting a nearby beach to critically evaluate the impact of the storm on our local coastal environment. As part of Robinson’s dynamic MYP curriculum, this exercise compares the amount of sediment and inclination angle before and after Hurricane Maria. As students document and collect data, they also apply their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They identify and analyze the effects of Hurricane Maria. In the process, they develop possible solutions to present and future environmental problems in the coastal area of Condado. Throughout this investigation, students will help their community manage the beach ecosystem wisely.
1. Involve students in scientific observations, measurements, and beach profile analysis using interdisciplinary methods
2. Identify patterns of erosion and/or deposition throughout the year
3. Analyze the effect of Hurricane Maria in the identified patterns
4. Communicate the results to the scientific community in PR and worldwide