Last Thursday I was asked to judge an ocean-themed science project contest at St. Margaret's in San Juan Capistrano, which was unbelievable to say the least. Wow, how smart, engaged, and participating the students are! Their enthusiasm for change and for a better tomorrow resonated throughout their oral presentations.
For most of these groups the popular topic was that of the North Pacific Gyre, which was neat since I returned from the South Atlantic Gyre myself just a bit more than two months ago and know a little bit about them myself. I was impressed with the students for a multitude of reasons — their PowerPoint presentations, recycling plastic trash ideas, using water canteens instead of throwaway water bottles, printing out their own pamphlets, initiating their own beach cleanups and getting other students and outside businesses involved, not to mention their own idea of a water filtration plant for urban run-off.