Digital Resource Library

Find fascinating videos and online lessons that connect your Kitsap classroom to real science and engineering issues happening locally and around the world.

 

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   PUGET SOUND & STORMWATER     |     RECYCLING & WASTE     |      SEWER SYSTEMS

 

Puget Sound & Stormwater ​

​Elementary-High

Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one threat to the water quality of the Puget Sound. These curricula develop and cultivate an understanding of the serious issues facing our community from stormwater runoff and to share specific actions we can take to improve the quality of our water. In these units, students will utilize problem solving models to replicate the thinking process of engineers addressing polluted stormwater runoff.

​Digital Curricula​Drain Rangers! & Engineering Solutions: Investigating Polluted Stormwater Runoff
​Elementary
​Based at Central Kitsap Heritage Park, local volunteer Frank Strickland talks about beavers, water table, and how our inland areas are connected to our streams and Puget Sound.  Highlights a school rain garden project at Klahowya Secondary School.
Vimeo Video

4:11​
Who Uses the Rain?​
​Elementary
​Based at Ollala Elementary School, students explain the connection between the community and Olalla Creek.  Includes information about rain gardens and permeable pavement.
Vimeo Video

4:26

Who Swims in the Rain?
​Elementary
​Author and biologist Ron Hirschi takes you to two different streams in Poulsbo and shows some of the impact human development has had on salmon habitat.
​Vimeo Video

4:16
Is This Where Puget Sound Starts?
​Elementary-High
​Amazing up-close look at the macroinvertebrate caddisfly and how they build homes with "double-sided sticky tape".  Connection to bioengineering as well as salmon.
​YouTube Video

3:50
​PBS Deep Look: Sticky, Stretchy, Waterproof - The Amazing Underwater Tape of the Caddisfly
​Elementary-High
​Puget Sound diver Laura James takes us inside a stormwater outfall in Seattle for an up-close look. Researcher Jennifer McIntyre presents research being conducted at the Washington Stormwater Center in Puyallup to see how polluted runoff impacts aquatic life.
​Vimeo Video
8:37

Drained: Urban Stormwater Pollution
​Elementary-High
​From the Nature Conservancy - similar to "Drained: Urban Stormwater Pollution" but less detail about the research.
​YouTube Video

5:52
Solving Stormwater
​Elementary-High
​Impact of copper on juvenile salmon - video and explanation from environmental blogger Chris Dunagan.
​Video

:20

Chris Dunagan video​
​Elementary-High
​Follow three teens as they search for a lost key down a storm drain, and learn about stormwater pollution in Puget Sound and you can do about it.
​YouTube Video

29:00
Lost and Puget Sound​
​Elementary-High
​King County - what stormwater is and how a stormwater system works.  Applicable in Kitsap County.
​Vimeo 
Video

1:47
How a Stormwater System Works​
​Elementary-High
​King County - a short video explaining why we have storm drains.  Applicable in Kitsap County.
​Vimeo Video

1:58
​Focus on Storm Drains

 

Recycling & Waste

​Elementary-High

Waste Solutions: This TED Ed lesson explores how worms can reduce our waste.

Digital Lesson

Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste

​Elementary-High

Waste Solutions: This TED Ed lesson traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.

Digital LessonWhat really happens to the plastic you throw away 
​Elementary-High

Recycling Technology: What happens to your recyclables after the truck picks them up? Take a virtual tour of a recycling center in action!

YouTube Video

9:31

Recycling Technology-Virtual Tour of a Recycling Center
​Elementary-High

Local Perspectives: This video follows the incredible journey of Kitsap County’s waste.

 Vimeo Video

6:43

Journey of Garbage & Recycling in Kitsap County
​Middle-High

National Perspectives: One of the few states that offer cash refunds for recycling bottles and cans, California is slowly shutting down its recycling centers, as they pay out money faster than they bring it in. Yet many of the disabled and homeless in Los Angeles rely on recycling centers to survive.

YouTube Video

3:10

One Man's Trash is Still Trash, as CA Shuts Down Recycling Centers

Elementary-High

Global Perspectives: ​In Kamikatsu, Japan, 80% of the town's waste is reused in its rigorous recycling program. So what is life like in this zero waste town?

YouTube Video

5:20​

How this Japanese Town Produces Almost No Trash

 

Sewer Systems

​Elementary

School kids in Australia get a close-up look at sewage treatment.

Video

4:10

Poo Crew

​Middle-High

In collaboration with BKAT-TV, the Kitsap County Sewer Utility completed a 12-minute documentary highlighting the treatment process at the Central Kitsap Treatment Facility north of Silverdale.

Vimeo Video

12:20

CK Treatment Plant

​Middle-High

Although products like facial tissues, dental floss, cotton swabs, and kitty litter may flush down the toilet, they can cause clogged pipes for you and your neighbors. See Will It Flush? to find out more, and many thanks to City of Spokane Department of Wastewater Management for sharing its entertaining and educational video in partnership with WEF.

​YouTube Video

6:24

 

Will it Flush? Video - Water Environment Federation