This little turtle represents a beach stakeholder, someone who will lose something if the beach washes away. This one is just a toy, sitting in a pan on a desk.
This week in class we modeled destructive winter storms that wash the beach sand away, and brainstormed ways to prevent the process. Beach grass (here, plastic) is one of the better solutions, but nothing is going to work if the storms are strong enough.
This mundane little model is part of an engineering lesson aimed at helping students understand coastal erosion, an important issue here in the Bay Area.
For the Mundane Monday Challenge #134.