Because the GeoChallenge is student-led, there are many topics and skills a team might explore across several curriculum areas. At the most basic level, student work on Tackling Plastic! aligns with the following standards.
Next Generation Science Standards
Earth and Space Sciences: Human Impacts
MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Life Sciences: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Common Core State Standards
CCSS ELA-Literacy- Speaking & Listening
CCSS 6-8.SL.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
CCSS 6-8.SL.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.