Saturday, November 28, 2009

Solar Cup 2010 Boat Building

Team Marine is participating again in the Solar Cup sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Our first workshop took place on November 21st in Claremont where we built the hull of our boat. Pictured above is the Samohi Solar Cup Team holding up their newly completed boat.

The Solar Cup is a wonderful way for students to get hands on experience working with alternative energy. Students learn all about physics, engineering, team work and determination. To learn more about Solar Cup please visit.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Presentation to the Peace Troop

Members of Team Marine and Santa Monica High Schools Teach and Test Program gave a presentation to a group of 4th graders from Overland Elementary School called the Peace Troop.

Team Marine and members of the Teach and Test Program showed the girls our teach and test samples from the first flush. It was truly inspiring to see how enthusiastic they were about saving the ocean.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hearing on Reducing Marine Debris

On Tuesday November 17th Team Marine attended The Joint Assembly Committee Hearing on Reducing Marine Debris at The Santa Monica Public Library. Pictured above is the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials and the Assembly Committee on Natural Resource. Team Marine knows that in order for substantial changes to occur we need to get the government to act on behalf of the environment.

At the hearing Team Marine stepped up and spoke on behalf of the youth who care deeply about the ocean. Eileen Flores (pictured above) showed the committee a sample of the North Pacific Gyre taken by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. She explained to the committee just how truly much our ocean is suffering and that taking legislative action now is vital.

Team Marine made a slide show that illustrated the problems of marine debris and the solutions to this crisis. Pictured above is Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro who is watching the slide show. Team Marine is on a mission to change the way we treat our oceans and they will never stop spreading their message.

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Better Lifestyle Award

Team Marine has won the "My Better Lifestyle Award" for all their work on behalf of the environment. They will be presented the award on November 29th. To learn more about this award please visit the website below.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Half of the world's poor suffer from waterborne disease, and nearly 6,000 people - mainly children - die from diseases contracted from unsafe drinking water every day. Team Marine is recycling bottles and cans to raise money to send LifeStraws to Africa and Cambodia. LifeStraw is a portable water filter for prevention of common diarrhoeal disease; it can be carried around for easy access to safe and clean drinking water. It lasts for an entire year and filters out 99.99% of all bacteria and viruses in the water. Learn more about LifeStraws.

TeenNick Halo Award

Team Marine will be featured on the first ever TeenNick Halo Awards on Friday December 11th 2009. Please check out the TeenNick website to learn more about the show, the winners (Megan Kilroy), and watch the promo video.

Climate Community

Team Marine won a Climate Community Citizenship Award. Read all about the student's experience of the first flush and learn why it is so important to protect our oceans.

Team Marine Rethink Sustainability

Team Marine 2008-2009 created this video. It has received hundreds of views on YouTube. Please check it out by following the link below.

Solar Cup 2010

Team Marine will be participating in Solar Cup 2010. Check out the links below to learn more about this wonderful competition and Team Marine's involvement in Solar Cup 2009.

Official Solar Cup Website

Santa Monica Daily Press Article "Going for the Sun's Cup" May 12th 2009

Chanel 9 News Santa Monica High School's Solar Boat

First Flush

Pictured above in what flowed out of the Pico-Kenter storm drain during the first flush on October 14th 2009. All the trash that had been building up in our storm drains over the summer hurdled into the ocean. Trash such as styrofoam and plastic water bottles will never biodegrade in the ocean. They will simply photo degrade into smaller and smaller pieces adding to the plastic soup that is the North Pacific Gyre. This needs to stop!

We were on high alert as the first rain began to fall in Santa Monica. We did not expect such a large flush so soon. Once we were alerted that the storm drain was flowing Devany, Raphael, Mr. Kay, Kou, Megan and Mel ran down to the beach at 8pm to film the devastation.

A thick layer of foam covered the surface of the stagnant pool of urban run-off.

Ban The Bag

Team Marine made the front page of the Santa Monica Daily Press for their 5th Ban The Bag March.

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