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Where's the beach? Investigating Coastline Erosion Protection

Where's the beach? Investigating Coastline Erosion Protection

Essential questions: 
How do waves cause coastline erosion?
What engineering solutions protect coastlines?
Which engineering solutions suit a particular type of coastline?
How are oyster reefs beneficial to both people and the environment?

In this lesson plan, students look at different ways to protect coastlines. Students first use an online tool to find historic tide data in a selected coastal location: The Gulf Coast of the United States. Then students use a hands-on model to explore the use of different materials in protecting coastlines. As they progress, students learn how and why oyster reefs are being used to protect the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. In this STEM lesson, students will get the opportunity to practice and learn across a wide range of disciplines.