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The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea
Film Length:
 40 minutes

Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see.

We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little connection to our everyday world. Yet there are many kinds of reef, each of them a living city beneath the sea, where plants and animals congregate in mutual benefit. They have a parallel existence to ours, distant yet undoubtedly connected.

Each of them is a hotspot of biodiversity as vital to life on earth as the rainforests. Shot on location in Palau, Vancouver Island, French Polynesia, Mexico, and The Bahamas, The Last Reef takes us on a global journey to explore our connection with the ocean’s complex, parallel worlds. 

What would it mean to us if one of these vibrant wonderlands were to become the last reef?

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Fun Family Activities

from the educational resources developed for Crayola: IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition
Grades: K-2 

There are parallels between reef systems and human systems. Do you like to clean your room? What is the worst part? What if you designed a robot inspired by animals to help you? Finding a solution to a problem by mimicking something in nature is called “biomimicry.”

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from The Franklin Institute’s work in partnership with GSK Science in the Summer
Grades: 2-6

Welcome to our research team! You are a water chemist that makes sure the rivers and lakes in your area are clean and healthy. Your job is to test a polluted water sample and find ways to remove or change the pollution to make the water safer.

What you need:

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Potting Soil
  • Coffee filters
  • Tissue paper
  • Paper towel
  • Funnel
  • Small paper cups
  • Acidity (pH) test strips
  • Plastic Spoon
  • Well plate
  • Pipettes
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lab Notebook (Provided in Link)
  • Pencil

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from our friends at Canada Science and Technology Museum
Grades: 1+

Climate change is acidifying our oceans – and fast. In this experiment, you’ll be able to see one of the problems it causes to mollusks.

What you need:

  • Egg shell
  • 2 glass jars (no lids needed)
  • Tap water 
  • Vinegar 
  • Marker
  • Paper towels

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