The main focus of Ben Lecomte’s swim across the Pacific Ocean is education and understanding. Ben hopes to inspire the next generations to cut down on their plastic usage, have a better understanding of the impacts their actions have on our environment, and understand why he is swimming across the Pacific Ocean.
This educational project is based on the scientific protocols the citizen scientists are conducting on the expedition. The lesson plans follow the same basic principals that scientists are using to understand the oceans health as well as the effects the intense physical exercise has on Ben’s body during The Swim.
Each Lesson Pack centers around a unique and fun scientific part of the Swim, and are targeted towards middle school students. While the lesson plans are middle school levels, they contain a range of discussion questions and activities that can be applied to different levels and grades throughout k-12.
With these lessons students will be able to:
- Better understand the impact plastic has on our oceans.
- Understand the many ways water can be analyzed and how these results can be interpreted when thinking about scientific and environmental protocols.
- Be familiar with the breadth of the oceanic sounds being recorded during The Swim and how they articulate with the scientific projects.
- Understand the day-to-day activities of running an expedition like The Swim.
- Better understand the heart and the medical protocols in the swim.
We hope your classroom enjoys these lessons and is inspired by Ben and The Swim!
The Swim – The Heart Lesson Pack – video