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Ocean Health

A free Student to World online course from Global Nomads Group

A plastic bottle floats in blue ocean water

Ocean Health

Learn how plastic use impacts the health of our planet.

Bring local and global ecosystems to life, connecting individual behaviors with the health of the planet. By focusing on plastic use, youth consider their own and their global peers’ local waste management practices and discern the impact of their individual and collective behaviors on ocean health.

Global Nomads Group leverages the power of storytelling to promote empathy and bring social issues to life through day-to-day realities. Read real, impactful, stories from youth participants around the world that reveal deep truths about global issues. Then youth can enhance the conversation by sharing their own stories with fellow Student to World users and participate in moderated live conversations.

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About The Course

Who Should Register

Classroom teachers and school administrators.

Group leaders & mentors
Afterschool programs and groups, faith-based organizations, scouting, clubs, etc.

Independent learners
Individual youth participants


Teachers, Educators, & Leaders

Create an account and invite students or youth participants.


If your teacher or group facilitator gave you a code.

Independent Learners

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Text + Video Formats

Experience this content through your choice of learning paths.

Text-based course

Includes written text, images, videos, and multimedia.

Content is available in a growing selection of languages.

Video-based course

The same content, but explained through video conversations.

Learning Modules

Module 1: Everyday Plastic

Youth explore and share stories about plastic in their lives.

Module 2: Everyday Local Ecosystem

Youth explore and share stories about plastic usage in their communities.

Module 3: Everyday Global Ecosystem

Youth explore and share stories about how a piece of plastic travels around the world.

Module 4: Everyday Action

Youth plan for local actions that can achieve positive global impact.

Learning Objectives

  • Have a basic understanding of the history of plastics.
  • Understand the connections between plastic use and ocean health.
  • Know how stories help us connect to one another across distance and difference.
  • Understand the meaning of an ecosystem and how humans interact with them.
  • Understand feedback loops.
  • Know how to visually map a local ecosystem based on a story you will tell.
  • Understand global macro ecosystems.
  • Connect individual and collective single-use plastics with ocean health.
  • Calculate one’s own plastic use and think about ways to reduce it.
  • Learn that everyday behaviors can affect ocean health.
  • Take positive action to preserve ocean health.

Standards Alignments

Next Generation Science Standards

  • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goal 14: Life Below Water


CASEL Social & Emotional Learning

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision Making


Asia Society Global Competencies

  • Investigate the world
  • Recognize perspectives
  • Communicate ideas
  • Take Action


21st Century Skills

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility

Designed by Youth for Youth

Each Student to World course is a product of Global Nomads Group’s unique Content Creation Lab, a virtual internship program that brings together youth leaders from around the world. Working under the guidance of subject matter experts, these participants study, synthesize information, and create age-appropriate content for their peers.

Chief of Programs and Learning Sandra Stein, Ph.D., describes the Content Creation Lab process.

“Student to World is successful in building students’ global awareness, 21st Century Skill of communication & collaboration, action-orientation, and empathy.”

Cogent Evaluation, Program Evaluation (2020)

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Teachers, Educators, & Leaders

Create an account and invite students or youth participants.


If your teacher or group facilitator gave you a code.

Independent Learners

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