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Tuesday, October 25 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Maximus Ocean Cleaner

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In the Pacific Ocean, there are 4 ocean currents that form the North Pacific Gyre, also known as the North Pacific Subtropical High, and for centuries these currents have been collecting garbage and waste in concentrated areas called the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch. It wasn’t until recently that this has become a public issue, but now that it is, it's too large to be dealt with immediately and effectively.

A common misconception about the garbage patches are that they are giant islands that we can walk out on, but in reality, a majority of the patches are the smaller pieces of garbage more specifically, microplastic debris (plastic smaller than 5mm).

By creating a device, the Maximus Ocean Cleaner, functioning similarly to the filter feeding sharks, plastics and microplastics in the ocean can be removed and recycled to be put to better use. The device will be mobile freely throughout the ocean (just below the surface where these micro debris are most abundant) and self-sustaining: it will be solar powered and will run off jet propulsion much like jet skis, however, at a much slower speed, so it would not require fuel.

Upon the success of the Maximus Ocean Cleaner, the oceans could be made a safer place for marine life and reduce the possibility of species becoming endangered or extinct. This product could also be a source of economic value, where they can be used not only to collect plastics and garbage in the ocean, but recycle these substances to be further developed into products (products made to last) that can be sold again. In the course of a few years, with Maximus Ocean Cleaners stalking the oceans for plastic, a large difference could be made, seeing levels of marine life death and entanglement decreasing while, companies involved could see a profit from recycled products. This project enhances the STEAM initiatives of my district by incorporating the engineering principles of solving problems while maintaining sustainable outcomes by keeping the future generations of both humans and animals in mind. Also this project shows the use of science, math, and creativity to solve an urgent issue while demonstrating entrepreneurship capabilities.

Tuesday October 25, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
iSTEAM Command Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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