IN THE NEWS: After learning that an automated water sampling device needed for storm water testing would cost $7,000, a 16-year-old San Diego Coastkeeper volunteer from San Diego MET High School figured he could do better. With a technical bent and an interest in robotics, Noah Thoron aimed to build a homemade version of the device for a fraction of that cost. Using off-the-shelf parts, he designed a water monitoring apparatus budgeted at about $500, and is raising funds to build it. Read more from UT San Diego.

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