Chemical Footprint—Family Activity

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In this multi-part activity learners examine non-point water pollution. Learners discover ways they may be contributing to this type of pollution and brainstorm ways to change their behavior to be more environmentally responsible. Designed as a family exploration, the activity includes watching two short educational films about the Hudson River, discussing hypothetical pollution scenarios, auditing your own stock of pollutants under the bathroom sink, brainstorming alternative products, and sharing your results. The activity could easily be adapted to non-family educational groups and could be done in one chunk, or over the course of several sessions.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
      • Public Policy
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • Toyota