Standards of Learning: 2009 Math (5.4, 5.8, 5.15, 5.16); 2010 Science (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.6)

In Mystery Cargo students perform experiments to determine the impact of an accidental breach of a cargo container on the Chesapeake Bay. Using simulated and real-time data, along with hands-on experiments, students identify substances, determine the results of mixing oil with various substances, test the salinity of water using the refraction of light and use GIS wind speed data, air and water temperature to determine how fast the substance has traveled and in which direction in order to determine what part of the Bay has been affected and what remediation efforts can be used to clean it up.  

Students’ calculations in this simulated exercise are extrapolated to environmental issues on a larger scale as they discuss ecological and environmental issues.