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Killing Rock Vomit, A Thought Experiment

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Presented By Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Goal Understand the challeges of controlling invasive species.
Task Come up with ideas on how to solve an invasive species problem
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Help us come up with a creative solution to an invasive species problem in Alaska. The invasive tunicate rock vomit was discovered in Sitka, Alaska in 2010. Following the discovery, we tested various methods to control the tunicate using a experiments conducted at the scale of a Ziploc bag. The thought experiment asks people to take this information and come up with a creative solution for controlling the tunicate in the harbor. Please submit your proposed solution by December 16th, the winning idea will be posted on our website in January.

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, At school, In the car, At home
Class Materials None
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Tags alaska, experiment, Invasive species, rock, smithsonian, thought, vomit
Project Updated 04/21/2017