Touring Shows for Schools: Middle Schools (Austin area)

Seeking Solutions for Ocean Pollution (with Polly Mermaid)

This is a 50-minute live performance & interactive presentation featuring the hilarious and informative character of Polly Mermaid.  Polly uses songs, puppetry, science, graphs, and audience interaction to engage middle school students in a critical analysis of the impact of disposable plastic on ocean ecosystems. 

Follow up connections with STEM inspired activities will be available for teachers through digital media (see below).

Polly Mermaid

Seeking Solutions for Ocean Pollution takes place in a Pacific Ocean garbage patch (a mass of human microplastics swirled together by rotating currents and winds). Polly Mermaid, Princess of the Great Pacific, has a responsibility to protect and preserve all life in the ocean. Polly shares her toxic history and the science of pollution with puppets and art made from plastic trash. She has a mission to teach humans how they affect ecosystems by the over-consumption of plastic, and an invitation to become a part of the solution. Participants will be invited to transform the way they see trash and get inspired with creative ways to make an positive impact on the environment by examining, cataloging, graphing, and adapting their own everyday actions to reduce plastic waste.

Additional Opportunities Available for Interactive Reflection using Digital Media

Through her website, Polly shares a system for calculating the amount of trash a student, classroom, or family produces through charts and graphs. Students and teachers can work together to calculate the amount of trash created by their classroom school or community, and use those numbers to estimate the local and national impact by multiplying the date. Students will have opportunities to share their results on the website with other classrooms working on this project, access and map the data created by other schools, and post videos demonstrating their results.


Science: Identifying different types of plastic polymer and thinking critically about waste systems. TEKS 112.18.

Cause and Effect:

Math/ Digital Media: Challenging leaders to document plastic consumption with digital media engagement. TEKS: 111.26.

Social Studies: Engaging students as scientists to explore and document their personal impact in their environment and community. TEKS 113.18.

Fine Arts: Inspiring participants to discover “disposable” plastic as an artistic material for reuse.  

Social/ Emotional: Sparking empathy and emotional learning through storytelling, puppetry and song.

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