Celebrate America Recycles Day with First Lego League Trask Trek/Waste Wise
The Marion County Solid Waste Authority, members of the Recycling Coalition of WV and trash professionals around the world have been mentoring First Lego League teams. In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO League TRASH TREKSM /Waste Wise Challenge, more than 233,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash in our own towns and even in space! We are proud of the contributions of all the teams and would like to share some of them with you from our region. They did a great job keeping WV a beautiful place to live! We thank them and our local NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center (ERC) for their hard work.
TEAM NO SIGNAL and MARION COUNTY RECYCLING PSA
TEAM NO SIGNAL, a local team from Fairmont Catholic, created a public service announcement on where to recycling in Marion County that is a catchy song. We hope to catch you singing it as you take your recyclables to our drop off sites. We know we are. The Team No Signal video will be on our website and Pinterest site.
The Team No Signal Public Service Announcement details 9 locations in Marion County, West Virginia where residents may take recyclable materials. They also let residents know about where to go for more information about these locations and other services provided by the Marion County Solid Waste Authority http://marioncoswa.org/
WHERE TO RECYCLE IN MARION COUNTY PSA by TEAM NO SIGNAL
Team Lego Men and Bubble Wrap
The Lego Men Team, a local team participating in the 2015 FIRST® LEGO League TRASH TREKSM Challenge, found the answer to a question we are often asked by the public. It takes a lot of research to find an answer that is appropriate for our region. The Marion County SWA doesn’t include any information for the public until it has been verified and vetted by our office. Look for it in our handbook.
WAYS TO RECYCLE AND REUSE “BUBBLE WRAP” (plastic packaging material filled with air)
- REUSE IT (Examples: Store your own valuables, Use it for insulation for windows, Contact WVU Extension to learn how to make blankets for the homeless)
- RETURN IT TO THE UPS STORE AND MAIL BOXES ETC. or RETURN It To SEALED AIR CORPORATION (http://www.sealedair.com/).
- RECYCLE IT WITH PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS IN COLLECTION BOXES NEAR THE ENTRANCE AT THE FOLLOWING STORES (Please make sure there is no air in the packaging and it is all “popped”):
- KROGER Suncrest Towne Center (Confirmed by manager)
- WALMART 4H Camp Road (Confirmed by manager)
- TARGET University Town Center (Confirmed by manager)
- Note: All regional Kroger stores collect Bubble Wrap and plastic bags and send it to the Roanoke, VA center for recycling. Morgantown Walmart and Target locations accept plastic bags and Bubble Wrap for recycling and use 3rd party companies for pickup and recycling.
Team ZombieBots project focused on Ocean Trash. Did you know that Ocean Trash can start in West Virginia? Team ZombieBots thought that it would be best to stop the trash before it reaches the oceans. They created a model of a lock and dam that could stop the trash with a robotic system with rakes 1500 ft before the lock that can trap the trash and then rake the trash to concrete bins on the side of the river.
We will be putting examples of their LEGO model and 3D printed model of Team ZombieBots robotic rake system on our Pinterest Site. We hope that we will see it in real life action as a real robot in the future. Until that time, remember that WV Litter impacts our oceans.
Picture: Hildebrand Lock and Dam, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
Team Astronomically Accurate Astronomers and Orbital Debris (Space Trash)
The Astronomically Accurate Astronomers, a local team participating from Preston County (Teacher Kimberly Wimer), created a kit to educate the public about NASA’s goal “to raise global awareness of orbital debris issues” or space trash.
What does space trash have to do with our local community? If you use a cell phone, it is an important issue for you in the future. Team Astronomically Accurate Astronomers created a kit with hands on activities designed to be used by the NASA ERC for teachers, 4-H, after school programs, and boy & girl scouts. We will include their kit on our Pinterest lesson plan site for trash, recycling & litter educators.