Ballast can be difficult to explain to an adult, let alone a 10 year old; until we give them putty, pennies and a bucket of water.
They put the putty in the water. In lump form, it sinks. Spread it out gradually and see how many pennies you can put in it before it sinks. Excellent – try it again! Next thing you know, a classroom of kids actually understands the concept of ballast.
You stroll by the window of the Boys & Girls Club and notice a group watching TV and one person in front of a computer but their eyes are not glazed over.
Somewhere in the world, an ocean expedition is underway. Marine scientists are discovering new life forms and evidence of life long ago.
How are these related?
The people in that club, along with hundreds of others like them across the country, are watching the live broadcast of the scientists’ discoveries. And, they’re having a conversation – all of them. Sharing the passion and igniting sparks in future marine scientists. At least 75% of the oceans are unexplored – maybe we can change that soon.