"A cargo ship had lost twelve containers full of 29,000 floating bathtub toys: yellow ducks, blue turtles, red beavers, green frogs"(21). OSCURS predicted the correct landing location (Alaska) (November 1992)"(23).
Signpost- Numbers and Stats
"The father and son team had been beachcombing together for years by the time they hauled there basket of 111 bathtub toys into the 2004 Sitka fair"(26).
Although the OSCURS machine had calculated the landing date and destination it had not calculated for the windage.
Tracking Trash By: Loree Griffin Burns
Mindset- Persists Through Problems
To figure out the time and place the toys were gonna land the scientists had to make adjustments to the OSCURS machine to calculate for the windage.
Summary- If/Then & Aha! Huh?
If Curt and the scientists found a more efficient and less expensive way of tracking the bottles, then they could track the way the ocean currents move our trash and where they move it.
The author used this number amount to show the amount of bathtub toys that the team found in the amount of time the father and son had been working together.
Thinking he had the arrival date and destination correct Curt and the scientists hadn't calculated the wind factor that would throw off the date by 6 months.
Challenging - Mind Boggling - Complication - If you don't succeed the first time find another way to do it better - Don't let failure break you down.
I learned that tracking ocean currents can be very expensive and cost thousands of dollars for a few GPS's. Also, that ocean currents don't always stay the same and that they can change the directions they move. One thing I found hard to believe was that for the hundreds of bottles they drop at a time they only find less than a quarter.
Question Week 2
Is there another solution to find the bottles that they lose trying to do the experiments to track the ocean currents?