The team worked hard from September 2013, when Future Scientist became their client for the year-long program. The young engineers did extensive background research on plastic trash disposal and recycling, developed metrics, and brainstormed designs. Then, in January, they traveled to Panama as part of the Program in Sustainable Design to develop their solution in the field. After hours spent measuring trash heaps and classifying plastics, much to the amusement of the Portobelo community, they returned to Northampton, Massachusetts to develop a solution to the trash problem that would work and work well.
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