Have You Voted Yet?
i-Trek is currently competing against 39 other teams for two grants from MIT. The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Competition is a juried award that will grant the winner $10,000. The top three teams with the most number of votes are eligible to receive the Community Choice Award for $1,500 in order to implement their projects for one year. As of the date of this newsletter, i-Trek is in third place. Followers of i-Trek can show their support by registering as a friend on the MIT website and voting for the i-Trek team. Voting is open for a ten-day period and ends on April 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. EST.
Instructions for registering and voting are as follows:
- Register: http://bit.ly/Qnx0RS
- Once you have registered as a friend, please go to http://bit.ly/1gyLBAL
- Scroll to the bottom and click vote!
Your votes will help i-Trek win the Community Choice Award, which would benefit our pilot Key Largo project in Florida that seeks to study the correlation of DMS (Dimethylsulphide) emissions in the coral reefs and the increase in atmospheric sulfur in the environment. By understanding how coral reefs are affected by coral polyps and phytoplankton, the research team hopes to pave the way for more research in the area of how the changes in our coral reefs may impact weather patterns as global temperatures continue to rise. What distinguishes this project from other coral reef projects is that the team will focus on depth and population of the coral reef rather than the temperature and light. The results of the research project will be presented in different formats and in different venues to the public with the objective of inspiring other students to pursue this research.
Winning the Community Choice Award, the $1,500.00 would enable the team to acquire an electronic particle analyzer for data collection. Additionally, one of the team members hopes to use this opportunity to become a certified diver and to get experience as a documentary filmmaker. This award would help the student achieve his goals.
Once again, we need your votes. Remember, voting ends April 18th, so there is still time to help i-Trek take first place! Spread the word and promote i-Trek’s mission through online social networks and word of mouth.