2018 Student Presentations

Original Poem: "Water" - Heather Garrison, FUHS  

Hemp Can Save the World - Joe Thompson, FUHS: Learn about the many ways hemp can solve some of the most pressing environmental issues.  

Kalinga Women’s Resistance Against the Chico Dam (Philippines) - Lily Shelton; Jacqueline Ramirez, FUHS: Women in the Kalinga region of northern Philippines have led the resistance against a World Bank funded dam project that would destroy their way of life.  

Water Scarcity in the Wake of Natural Disaster (Puerto Rico) - Branden Ramirez, Betania Hernandez, Emmanuel Meraz, FUHS: In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico continues to struggle with access to clean drinking water. What is the responsibility of the United States in dealing with this crisis? 

Impact of Climate Change on Recreational Water Activities: Amanda Flackus, Alexis Roberts, FUHS: How are water based recreational activities being impacted by climate change and pollution? An overview of the causes and consequences that affect our recreational opportunities. 

Pros and Cons of Hydropower - Dylan Berman, NPA Middle: What is hydropower, and what are its benefits? This project explores the pros and cons of hydropower in California and the USA.  

Our Local Water Treatment Plant - NPA Middle: Ever wondered about the Arcata Marsh and its role in the community as more than just a pretty place to get outside? This project explains how the water treatment ponds work and play an important role for Humboldt County’s citizens. 

Plastic Pathways: Trash and Water’s Route to the Ocean - Tahvo Stephan, Noah Hergenrader, Kyla Berman, NPA Middle: How does trash get into our ocean through waterways? This presentation identifies the route of Fickle Hill Creek, discusses some current problems with storm drain systems, and offers some solutions to keep our planet clean.  

Cannabis Culture and Water Use - Sophie Stringer, Haley Benbow, Lisa Werner, Mattea Bertain, Jessie Hess, FUHS: Get ready for an eye-opening presentation on how Northern California’s most lucrative industry affects our waterways. In this time, we will discuss the environmental and legal aspects of cannabis cultivation in regards to California’s water. 

Rios to Rivers Cultural Exchange - Kis’ Joseph, Anne Rants, Hoopa High: Students from the Klamath Basin have joined youth from Patagonia, Chile to work on protecting and restoring their rivers, The exchange focused on furthering their educations and empowering them to become the future stewards and spokespersons for their rivers.  

OpenROV Underwater Robotics - Conrad McConnell, Lily Pimsner; Logan Smith; Sky Korejko; Evan Aguilar; Aiden Vergen; NPA High School: In 2012, McKinleyville High graduate Eric Stackpole launched OpenROV, an open-source underwater robot kit that would open up affordable underwater exploration and research to everyone. In 2014, NPA began fundraising and bought a kit for themselves. While the maintenance and learning curve have been difficult for both students and their teacher, the experience has inspired them to believe that no adventure is truly out of reach.

Demand Response/Schatz Energy Lab Internship - Agustin Garcinuno, FUHS High: Ever felt curious about how refrigerators worked? In this presentation not only will you learn the ins and outs of standard refrigeration mechanics, but you will also analyze new rising technologies that will help our planet reach a new level of sustainability.