On Friday Team Marine graduated from Santa Monica High School.
Team Marine will be going on to attend several Colleges including UCSB, Oregon State, Pitzer College, Humboldt State and University of San Francisco.
Please support our partners in their efforts to expand the Lifestraw Program. Team Marine has been working with this group for the past year and a half collecting and recycling bottles and cans to raise money to buy water purification straws for people who do not have access to clean drinking water.
Please click on the link and vote for them to receive $250K to expand the Lifestraw Program.
Team Marine wrote and sent letters to eight members of The California State Assembly who play a critical role in the passage of AB1998. In the letter Team marine urges the Assemblymembers to vote for AB1998.
Excerpt form the letter
“California has a critical role to play in becoming a true leader in eliminating plastic bag waste and preventing the proliferation of plastic pollution in our communities. The passage of AB 1998 will be a major step in breaking our addiction to single-use bags. Please help us protect California’s and the world’s oceans for generations to come by voting for AB1998.”
On Tuesday morning Team Marine met at the Santa Monica Pier for a press conference to show our support for AB1998. If passed AB1998 would ban all single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies and regulate paper bags. Team Marine Captain Megan Kilroy and Coach Benjamin Kay spoke. Team Marine was joined by representatives of several environmental organizations such as Heal The Bay, Environment California, and The Plastic Pollution Coalition.
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As a reward for winning first place in the Edison Challenge and second place in the QuickScience Challenge Team Marine spent four days at the USC Marine Wrigley Institute on Catalina island. While on the island Team Marine had a lot of fun snorkling, kyacking, hiking, stargazing and studying the unique marine ecosystem. Even on such a remote beautiful island Team Marine still spent a lot of time picking up single-use plastic from the beaches and in the waves.
This past weekend, Santa Monica High School students sponsored by the City of Santa Monica, competed for their second year in the Solar Cup, the nation’s largest solar boat competition put on by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. 36 high schools teams built a 16’ wooden hull, attended technical workshops at Occidental College, wrote engineering reports, produced a video about water conservation, prepared and presented a lesson plan on a water-related topic, and overcame the arduous tasks of purchasing materials under a restricted budget and outfitting their boats with solar, steering, electrical, and drive-train systems. Based at Lake Skinner in Temecula Valley, schools raced in two sprint and two endurance competitions. Samohi’s solar boat team composed of ten Marine Biology and Team Marine students finished 11th overall, improving from last year’s 16th place finish.
On April 5th Team Marine traveled by van to Sacramento to be part of Ocean Day at the California State Capitol Building on March 6. Representing the youth, the students met with various assembly members, senators, and staff to support bills AB1998 and AB925 that would reduce plastic marine debris and curb carbon dioxide emissions. They also encouraged state officials to establish a comprehensive network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that follow the scientific guidelines and draft new legislation that would make environmental sustainability a core subject in k-12 grade levels. The students also had a chance to lobby alongside various environmental organizations, including Heal the Bay. That evening, Team Marine attended a formal reception and sustainable seafood banquet with numerous state officials and ocean advocates and was given an Ocean Hero Award by a California steering committee composed of CalCoast, Environment California, Heal the Bay, the NRDC, Ocean Conservancy, San Diego Coastkeeper, and Surfrider Foundation. Lester Snow, Secretary for Natural Resources welcomed the students that evening, and Mike Chrisman, a director for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and former Secretary for Natural Resources presented the award to the students for their many contributions toward protecting the marine environment. Returning home along the coast, Team Marine visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium and camped in beautiful Big Sur.
Team Marine won 2nd Place in the Quikscience Challenge 2010. Team Marine was awarded 2nd place for all their extremely hard work this year including the creation of an original curriculum and documentary about Team Marines 10 R’s, advocating for MPAs, cleaning up and spreading awareness about plastic pollution in the ocean, performing in depth research about storm drain pollution and fouling organisms on plastic, their work to ban single-use plastic bags in Santa Monica, presenting all over California, building a solar powered boat for Solar Cup 2010 and reaching over 9 million people.
Team Marine “Lab Coats” win 1st Place in the Edison Challenge 2010. Team Marine “Lab Coats” were awarded 1st place for their work with the Teach and Test Program monitoring water quality in Santa Monica Bay and Collecting thousands of bottles to Recycle for LifeStraws.