Monday, February 22, 2010

Team Marine Quick Science Challenge

This amazing group of eco-warriors pictured above is Team Marine.

I have the honor of being their "Volunteer Mentor." Really what that means is that I get to hang out with cool people who inspire me every damn time I see them. Like last Friday when we braved the 10 East freeway into downtown to make our way to USC by 5:00 to turn in their "QUICK SCIENCE CHALLENGE" project.

(A special thanks to their Assistant Coach Renee Klein who couldn't be there to join in the festivities, but met us for the BEST Thai food I've ever had afterwards thanks to Ben.)
They walk their talk, check out the bracelet.

The Quick Science Challenge is held by the USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island and sponsored by Quicksilver. Starting their work for this project back in the summer, it is hard to calculate just how many hours were put into their efforts.
We needed a dolly to get their project board delivered safely.

One aspect of their project that I like very much is their 10R concept. Most of us know the "green mantra"- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Well they take those 3 and raise it 7.

Here's a link to their blog and website so you can read the list. Before you click over, (and then click back right :)), can you think of 10R's?
This is Ben Kay their teacher, coach and mentor. He probably works just as much, if not more, outside the classroom time he is paid for by SMMUSD. Why? Because he's a passionate guy who wants to save the world. It's just that simple. His efforts are inspiring.
After late nights, long weekends, and countless hours outside school, Team Marine couldn't contain themselves and I don't blame them. Congratulations you guys. I see a week in Catalina in your future.