Generation Earth’s Streets to the Sea Challenge

On Thursday, May 26th, 2011 our S2S team went down to Disney Studios in Burbank for the recognition event. Here, each team would be judged by hand-picked judges as well as our very own competitors.  All teams had to set up a booth displaying all we’ve done for the challenge and give 5 min presentations to the judges and other teams. We got to see lots of cool things while going around to the other schools’ booths! We learned about permeable cement, gardening , and we even got to take home some cool stamps made out of single-use bottle caps! Although we didn’t win, we still had a great experience and loved to see others our age with the same enthusiasm that we have towards protecting our environment. Thankyou so much Generation Earth, Disney studios, and ofcourse, our fellow eco-beasts! Congrats to Norwalk High School for winning 1st place among High School Teams and Walter Reed Middle School for winning 1st place among the middle school teams. Great job everyone, keep Eco-beastin’ it!

 

The QuikSCience Recogition Event!

We just got back from the QuikSCience Recognition Event at the Quiksilver headquarters in Huntington Beach. First, we filled out a survey explaining our experiences in the QuikSCience Challenge, and then we enjoyed some tasty burgers out on the patio. After we ate, we got to look at the other teams’ portfolios and projects in a video compilation of the 2-min project summaries. They first announced the honorable mentions, 2nd place, and 1st place winners of the Middle School teams before announcing the High School winners. By now, the anticipation was killing us! Then, we heard it! “…And first place goes to: Ben Kay’s ‘Car Team’ of Santa Monica High School!” Car Team won a week at the USC Wrigley marine science center on Catalina Island, a check for $500, and a bunch of QuikScience goodies (QuikSCience t-shirts, reusable water bottles, surfboard USB drives, and QuikSCience pouches). After all the photos were taken, we settled back down for raffle prizes which included quiksilver/USC goodies and even a signed Tony Hawk skateboard! Once those were finished, each team picked up their QuikSCience goody bags and certificates.

Thanks again QuikSCience, and way to go Car Team!

First Flush video posted on ACE website!

The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is dedicated to educating high school students on the science behind climate change to inspire them to take action against global warming. We LOVE ACE! They helped us when we participated in The Biggest Loser Energy Competition, Captains Patricio and Alexis attended Raise Your Voice trainings with them, and last year we competed in the Star Wars competition and won a solar charger. On April 5th, they blogged about our First Flush video on their “Hot and Bothered Blog”.

ACE rocks!
Here’s a link to the post: http://www.acespace.org/blog/2012/04/ban-the-bag/

QuikSCience Recognition Event: Here we come!

 

In  about two hours, we will be driving to Huntington Beach to the Headquarters of  Quiksilver Inc. for the QuikSCience Challenge Recognition Event. Here, they will be announcing the 2012 challenge winners as well as the the 2012 Ocean Leadership Awards.

Wish us luck!

The Streets to Sea challenge!

 Bag team and Car team joined forces to compete in Generationearth’s Streets to Sea challenge. The five of us competing are: Alexis Saez (bag team), Angelina Hwang (car team), Edie Cote (bag team), Ivan Morales (car team), and Matilda Mead (bag team). For this competition, Edie and Matilda conducted a watershed audit of our schools campus.

 

 

They found:

20 green- places water can get into ground: grass, bare dirt, and gardens

15 blue- sources of water: faucets, drinking fountains, sprinklers, and hoses

15 purple- places where water travels: gutters, drains, concrete, and asphalt

13 red X- things harmful to water: food trash, candy wrappers, motor oil, and pet waste

37 yellow circles- areas of concern with lots of trash

We then submitted info on our campaigns to teach the community on Single-use plastics(bag team) and alternative energies(car team) and how they relate to our campus watershed audits. Our primary messages of theses campaigns: to REFUSE single-use plastics and to RETHINK our ways of life.

QuikSCience Challenge!!

Team Marine “Bag Team” competed in this year’s QuikSCience Challenge!

The QuikSCience challenge is a competition for middle and high school students. Each team creates a science project related  to marine or freshwater environments. The challenge is sponsored by the USC College Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies in partnership with Quiksilver Inc.

Each team (up to 6 students) submits:

  • A portfolio that includes all they’ve done
  • A lesson plan that they will teach to other students, and
  • A community service project
  • A research proposal
  • An Environmental Solution
  • and a 2min summary video clip

 

Our project: Plastic Pollution

We learn a lot just by being in Team Marine, but this project gave us the opportunity to learn even more and apply all that we’ve learned to a meaningful and inspiring project. Not only this, but this project brought us closer together as a team and has taught us skills that we can use throughout the rest of our lives. We admit, some parts of the project were difficult, but we pulled through and had a great experience in the end. Thanks QuikSCience!!

 

 

Here’s a link to our 2-min video clips!

 

 

Earth Month Hero!

Today was the Earth Month kick off event hosted by the Wyland Foundation. I was nominated as an earth month hero by Team Marine’s coach, Benjamin Kay. I spoke in front of an audience which was a terrifying experience but in the end everything turned out ok. Earth month Heroes will be recognized in the Wyland Foundation and the KCBS 2/ KCal 9 websites. An awesome program that was brought to my attention during this event was the my water pledge. This pledge is to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution. It’s a great program that supports the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

 

Two Hundred Thousand Page views!

We have reached 200,000 page views on the website. It is very inspiring to see that people tune in to see our projects and events. And even more so seeing that we reached so many people, not only in Los Angeles, but across the world!

Moving Out: Update 3/29/12

Today we moved the car from Santa Monica high school to Gadget’s house! After hours of planning we were able to obtain a tow truck using AAA. Everything went well except for when the tow truck driver got lost and ended up in downtown LA due to a problem with his GPS. I was sad to see the car being pulled out of its two year home at Samohi but at the same time thrilled to see the project on its way to completion.