Three members of Santa Monica High School’s environmental science eco-action group, Team Marine, won a first-place prize at the Los Angeles County Science Fair for their study on plastic bag use.
Students Angelina Hwang, Edie Cote and Ivan Morales took home first place in the science fair’s senior division of environmental management.
The team’s project examined the effects of the Santa Monica single-use plastic bag ban on consumer bag choice by comparing pre-ban with post-ban data. Over the two-year study, the students visually estimated the bag type, age, and gender of over 50,400 people as they left five local grocery stores.
The students will now advance to the state competition, held at the California Science Center April 15-16, and will later present their data at the AltBuild Expo at the Santa Monica Convention Center May 11.
Team Marine has also recently submitted some of its 2012-13 environmental science and advocacy projects to the Bag It Plastic Free School Contest, a competition that encourages elementary, middle, and high school students to reduce single-use plastics on campus.