It was a cloudy Tuesday morning, but at least 110 students from the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach took to the beach to work on their scientific experiment with a goal to get local officials to notice and do something about plastic on the beaches and in the Santa Ana River.
Some of the school's seventh- and eighth-graders have been invited to the 2011 Algalita's Plastics Are Forever International Youth Summit, where they will present their solution for plastic-free bodies of water.
"Our main goal is to make California an eco-friendly place, and, eventually, we hope that it will go global," said Jodie Horowitz, 13, one of the students presenting the project at the summit.
The Pegasus team will be one of 30 groups from 14 countries to present their ideas on how to properly dispose of plastic and minimize its effects on the environment.
The groups were chosen from 74 teams that applied to attend the summit, which is taking place March 11 to 13 in Long Beach, said Pam Conti, environmental education director at Pegasus.