On Saturday, March 23 , co captains Angelina, Edie, and Ivan were awarded first place in the LA County Science Fair in the senior division of Environmental Management at the Pasadena Convention Center. Their project examined the effects of the Santa Monica plastic bag ban on consumer bag choice by comparing pre-ban with post-ban data. Over the two year study, the students visually estimated the bag type, age, and gender of over 50,400 people exiting five local grocery stores (Vons, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Albertsons, and Ralphs). The students now advance to the state competition, held at the California Science Center April 15-16, and will later present their data at the AltBuild Expo at the Santa Monica Convention Center May 11.
Special thanks to Dr. Lisette Gold and Dr. Thomas Belin for their assistance on the project.