Over the past six years, the Sea of Change Foundation has supported both threatened species conservation projects and promoted ocean pollution awareness. This past summer, in partnership with the Science Exchange, the Foundation initiated an exciting new project that directly addresses both issues while promoting citizen science. The aBuild A Better Boxa Contest invited international students and the general public to propose improved designs for sea turtle eggs incubation boxes use affordable, easily obtainable, and sustainable materials to replace the styrofoam coolers currently used by many sea turtle preservation projects around the world.A
The contest necessitated egg incubation box designs to:
be sturdy and light while allowing gas exchange maintain a constant temperature around 30 CA keep predators out be easy to assemble and low-cost (<$ 5usd each) be non-toxic, or biodegradable, or use natural or post-consumer material.