Plastic Panic!

Elementary Nonformal
Investigation Stand-Alone Activity Exploration Station
Photo credit: Eric Baillies

An Exploration of Microplastic Pollution at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Model the journey water takes at a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) through a series of hands-on steps around a tabletop model. Learn about our microplastic pollution problem, and discover what happens to the pollutants as they enter and pass through a WWTP. This exploration station was designed for use at an informal drop in program, but can be adapted to other settings.

Get the Guide!
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You can view and download our PDF guide to the Plastic Panic exploration by clicking the thumbnail above or here

Borrow the Kit (Currently unavailable while staff are working remotely due to COVID-19.)
Any adult resident in Wisconsin can loan the Plastic Panic Kit free of charge from the Wisconsin Water Library at UW-Madison. Find more information and request the Kit here

This project was created in partnership with the Wisconsin Sea Grant and supported by a grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program.


Environmental Science

Sustainable Energy Systems

Microplastic pollution, wastewater treatment plants

15 minutes prep, 15-30 minutes for activity