June 7, 2010

Year End Event! June 8, 2010 - 7 pm

Join us for our Year End Event
June 8 2010, 7:00 pm
Arbor: 102 Washington Blvd 90292

Snacks • Drinks • Presentation

April 11, 2010

Teach and Test Mentorship Program #2


The last Teach and Test Mentorship Program Day was such a huge success we are doing it again to extend the opportunity to more teachers and students.

During the Teach and Test Mentorship Program middle school students get to know what it's like to work in a real laboratory. Led by participants of the Santa Monica High School & Surfrider Teach and Test Program students collect water samples from the beach and then return them to the lab to test for harmful bacteria. It is a wonderful hands-on learning experience and lots of fun.
Food will be provided for everyone who attends and students will earn community service hours for their participation.
Please join us!

When: Saturday April 17th 2010
Time: 10am-2pm
Where: Santa Monica High School S107

Please contact Benjamin Kay to RSVP.
email: bkay@smmusd.org

March 30, 2010

Santa Monica Mirror Article feature Teach & Test Mentorship Program

By Hannah Heinman

Students from Lincoln Middle School and the Santa Monica Alternative School House had the opportunity to participate in an ocean water quality testing workshop hosted by Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI) students on February 20.

Read the full article here.

February 21, 2010

Teach and Test Mentorship Program

Pictured above: Member of the Teach and Teach and Test program Jacob Hasset takes water quality samples with students from Lincoln Middle School and SMASH by the Santa Monica Pier

Yesterday members of the Teach and Test Program at Santa Monica High School taught students from Lincoln Middle School and SMASH all about water quality testing and the importance of keeping our oceans clean. We took the students down to the beach where they each took a sample of the water and filled out a data sheet. Then they each were given the opportunity to process their sample in the laboratory and put their finished sample in the incubator. We tested their knowledge of what they learned with a game of Teach and Test Jeopardy! It was wonderful experience inspiring the youth to make a positive change in the world.

Pictured above: Members of the Teach and Test program Kou Collins and Daniel Franco teach a student from Lincoln Middle School how to process their sample in the lab.

February 15, 2010

Teach and Test Mentorship Workshop!

The first Teach and Test Mentorship Workshop is on February 20, 2010

Learn about our water quality testing process with this hands-on, fun experience!

Meet at Santa Monica High School in room S107

The workshop will start at 10AM and be over by 2PM

Sign up by emailing Benjamin Kay at bkay@smmusd.org and Devany Garcia at devany.garcia@gmail.com with the number of participants planning to come

See you there!!!

January 28, 2010

Teach And Test In The News!

The Surfrider Foundation's Teach and Test Program at Santa Monica High School is featured today in the Santa Monica Daily Press. The article is about the dangerously high levels of harmful bacteria that was found by the students during the recent rainy weather.
You Can Read The Article By Clicking On The Link Below


January 22, 2010

Storms Breed Bacteria Levels More Than Double what EPA Considers Safe in the Santa Monica Bay

As heavy rain falls this week in Los Angeles, we hit the beach to see how the rain is affecting water quality in the Santa Monica Bay. Our results were shocking, with bacteria levels more than double what the EPA considers safe. Here are the numbers:
  • 223 Santa Monica Pier*
  • 331 Bay Street*
  • 120 Where the Pico-Kenter storm drain meets the ocean (average)*
  • 7,915 Runoff in the Pico Kenter storm drain (from the streets of LA)*
  • 104 The maximum bacteria EPA allows before the water is deemed unsafe*
  • *enterococcus (a fecal bacteria whose presence suggests that other harmful bacteria and viruses are also present), measured by organisms per milliliter
As you can see, bacteria levels in the runoff were more than 75 times higher than what the EPA considers safe.

We don't care what kind of a swell this storm brings, you should not be surfing or swimming in this water! In fact, you should stay out of the water 72 hours after it rains any time in LA, because this is when the water carries high levels of
trash, cigarette butts, heavy metals, and disease-causing bacteria and viruses.