Slay the Water Bottle Monster

A production by the 4H Monadnock Robotics Club

Filmed at Boynton Middle School in New Ipswich, NH

I was shocked to learn that 80% of these bottle were not being recycled!   One of the mentors explains how this video came together.


The middle school FIRST FLL team I volunteer to mentor is heading into our preliminary competition on Saturday. One part of the competition is for the team to prepare a presentation to a panel of judges on a topic of their choice based on a theme. This year the theme is trash recycling, and our team chose a project which promotes reducing the use of disposable water bottles in favor of reusable water bottles. They did research on the subject and produced a video which they will be showing at the competition. They also contacted a company which markets a reusable glass water bottle which offered us a promotional discount for the video and provided samples for the team to demonstrate.

A component of the project judging is how well you communicate outside of your team to promote your idea, so we’re spreading the word as far as possible to ask people to view the team’s video on YouTube. If you have a moment and don’t mind taking the time, click on the link and watch Slay the Water Bottle Monster to support our team. It’s about 4 minutes long and you might even find it fun and entertaining. We’ll call attention to the view count when we present to the judges. Comments are welcome as well and can only help.

John Weber (Mentor)

Chief Technical Officer

Sea Street Technology


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Recycle Project – Satellite Dish

I know, you have spent a small fortune on a cat bed from Petco and the cat ignores it. I made a wonderful scratching post that the cats sneer at as they destroy speakers grills and door jams. All you need is an outdated satellite dish and a warm day:


Satellite dishes are also great launching pads for helicopter type fireworks. They need a bit of a spin before they become airborne and the slightly concave area manages to both contain and facilitate their successful launch


Other uses? I have been thinking of a bird bath, but I need to evaluate whether dish or DirectTV is the better choices.