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The Kid Should See This, Wageningen University and Research


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Videos, 1 minute, 28 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus


Mangroves + Oysters + Earthen Dikes = Eco Engineering

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  • This short, animated video shows how eco-engineering and natural solutions can protect coastal cities like Bangladesh from flooding, storms, and erosion.
  • The article includes more information and a number of links to additional information that can be explored.
Teaching Tips


  • The animation is easy to follow and demonstrates the step-by-step process.
  • The video conveys a hopeful, solutions-oriented description of tools that can be used to combat the impacts of climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with how flooding and storms can impact coastal regions.


  • Before watching the video, brainstorm possible solutions to flooding of coastal communities. After students propose solutions, ask them if they think natural resources or organisms could be used to help mitigate flooding.
  • Have students research other nature-based solutions that could help save lives, livelihoods, and other habitats.
  • Creating a visual vocabulary graphic organizer on the board or on paper may help students conceptualize some more challenging words or concepts such as: eco-engineering, dike, oyster reef, and erosion.
  • An additional resource related to engineering solutions is Shell Shocked: Engineering Solutions.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a short 1.5 minute animated video that describes an example of eco-engineering, which uses natural resources to manage or engineer the natural world. In this case, a method for protecting homes and habitats from storm surges using oyster reefs in Bangladesh is presented. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
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