Get Dirty project gives final presentation

Get Dirty Exhibition – Ambassadors present their experience to the Sanctuary Advisory Council.

The room was packed and seemed eager to see and hear about what our ambassadors have done and learned during their “Expedition” starting back in October. They shared what they learned about the different tools that they used, and showed their audience what those tools were, pulling them from a giant mesh bag that they brought with them. They also introduced everyone to the PHyter a prototype PH monitoring tool that uses light to measure the amount of H+ ions in a water sample. Then they shared the ups and downs of teaching their peers, and how they modified their attempts, and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) advisory council listened and asked more questions to help them build their curriculum.

The five Get Dirty Nickelodeon ambassadors: Ruby Sheriff, Kevin Ryan, Xavier Johnson, Addy Macedonio, and Gabe Johnson want to thank NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation), Nickelodeon, and the OCNMS, with special thanks specifically to Robert Sendrey from NEEF who flew all the way from Washington DC to support and help them, and to Nicole Harris and Kathleen McKeegan from OCNMS for their regular support, opportunities, and the tools that we used.
The NEEF website about this is at

Speaking at the meeting

Left to Right: Kevin, Xavier,Addy, Gabe, Ruby,Nicole, Alice

ROV competition

Ruby and Chenoa working on the “Chromosome Claw” for the ROV.

This year the SeaWolf Solutions team from QTS competed in the regional ROV(Remote Operated Vehicle) contest in Forks at the Navigator level and won the MacGyver Award. At the Navigator level, the pilot can not see the vehicle directly, and has to use the video camera on the submerged robot to see what they are doing. They are excited to take this competition on again and are very glad that Forks hosts one.

Team is made up of Chenoa Black the CEO, Kevin Ryan, Ruby Sheriff, and Gabe Johnson. Alice Ryan was the team mentor.

Their team ranges from grades 7-10.

Chenoa soldering, Kevin observing

The entire ROV team with their award, from left to right in front: Kevin, Gabe, Ruby, and Chenoa. In back, team mentor Alice

Carnival of Science

The second annual “Carnival of Science” was a big success.

          The Carnival of Science is not a science fair.  It is an all-out, get dirty, try things out kind of science fun!  It is intended for all ages…   Booths are put on by students, staff, community members, and groups.  This year the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary brought Big Mama; a large as life inflatable, explorable humpback whale, and the Forks Public Library came and taught people how to make Jitterbugs.  The school had booths from many students grades 6-12, as well as booths led by the after school program, and some staff members.  People could come and make a bouncy ball, play with a non-newtonian liquid, or try to build a bridge out of popsicle sticks and masking tape that will hold the most weight.   The 2018 Quileute Tribal School ROV team was there is a simpler ROV that people could try driving around underwater in a pool.  They are preparing to compete in the ROV competition in Forks on May 19th.

 Thank you too everyone who participated and helped us to share the natural excitement of science and exploration.