Ocean acidification is a phenomenon that results from increasing anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions on land. As carbon dioxide is absorbed, a series of chemical reactions causes an increase in acidity. This leads to many detrimental effects on marine organisms reverberate up the food chain. One reason ocean acidification remains a grand challenge is because of how difficult it is to communicate to a general population. We prepared a lesson for a local APES class regarding ocean acidification hoping to influence young minds to become interested in this challenge. Our group also made an infographic to communicate ocean acidification in a simple way while conveying there is a potential solution.
Our grand challenge to solve was the problem of reducing plastic waste. Through thorough research, we have decided to focus our solution on the fungus, Aspergillus tubingensis, and its decomposing properties. This fungus has been found to break down the molecular bonds in plastic materials, speeding up/aiding in the decomposition process. We have used the
Current algorithms meant to function without bias commonly inherit the biases of their programmers. This results from various issues such as the inclusion of traits like race, gender, nationality, etc. In our project, we look specifically at how the use of these algorithms affects the hiring process. In an attempt to reduce bias, we created