build a cargo ship

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topic area:
ecosystem restoration

overview:

In this lesson, students will learn about the imports and exports of the Port of Baltimore and use recycled materials to build a model cargo ship that will hold weight.

grade level:
2nd - 8th

lesson details:

The Port of Baltimore brings financial prosperity to the state of Maryland and provides many jobs for residents. In order to keep the Port open for business, shipping channels must be kept deep enough so large ships that typically travel in the ocean can safely reach Baltimore. Placement sites are used to contain the sediment dredged from these channels and are sometimes beneficially used to restore and support habitat. An example is the Poplar Island Ecosystem Restoration Project which uses the sediment to restore remote island habitat within the Chesapeake Bay. This habitat attracts a wide array of animals which benefit from the protection provided by the island’s remote location away from mainland predators.