Archeology of the Future

Vigo, Spain

"Archeology of the Future"
First, children are going on a guided tour of the exhibition. Here, monitors try to link objects and data from the exhibition with personal experiences of the students:
What is plastic? How many types of plastic we know? How many objects at our homes are made of plastic? What happens to these objects when we thrown them out? After the guided tour, we go to a room where a large number of plastic objects collected on the beaches of the Ria de Vigo are displayed. Each student must choose one of them and thus, he or she  becomes a "young archeologist" who will develop a research on that item. They describe their object, draw it, imagine what its utility was, explain how it ended up in the ocean and, finally, they will make up a small tale to explain its history. Contact with garbage found at neighboring beaches allows students to realize that everyday objects can end up in the environment, causing changes and becoming sources of contamination. Some of these items are easily recognizable and its history is directly related with our daily life: food packaging, toys, bottles, fishing gear... 
Some other items are in different stages of degradation: we must make an effort to recognize them and to guess what its original use was. At the same time, we observe how they did evolve in contact with nature; how water, sun and maritime currents deformed them until they become a piece of garbage that changes the natural environment and threatens our health. Some others, furthermore, exhibit nature's imprint on them: a piece of tire shows traces of fish bites; a small colony of crustaceans was installed on the top of a container; algae are sticking to a bottle...
The students see how the natural cycles are altered and modified by human influence. Finally, the "young archeologists" discuss strategies to prevent pollution and environment alterations: recycling of household trash, alternative safer materials in everyday life, changes in consumption habits and patterns...
At this workshop, participants become aware of the enormous role that plastic plays in our daily lives and the great ecological footprint it leaves in our environment. They will know about the degradation processes of those plastic objects in the ocean and the enormous disruption in the environment caused by our consumeristic excess. Finally, we will discuss the sustainability of these patterns of consumption and we focus our attention on finding an environmentally friendly model and less harmful ways of satisfying our needs.

Groups: 25 people maximum
Dates and times: 24, 25, 26 and 27 February, 2015, from 10am to 1pm 
Advance booking only by telephone: 986 110 220 from Tuesdays to Fridays, 12 noon to 2pm and from 6pm to 9pm