A group of Butte College (BC) Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) students participated in a Car Wash Kit Competition in April 2010. This challenge to produce a model of an affordable, efficient and safe car wash kit for use by community charity car wash groups for the prevention of runoff pollution of waterways resulted in student-to-student outreach.

MESA class

Above: Three BC MESA student teams participated in the competition. Pictured on the right (clockwise) are the winning team members, E3: Juan Delgado, Victor Trujillo, and Leon Grant. Pictured on the left (clockwise) are the judges who served on the panel: Tom Blixt, Administrative Analyst and Senior Certified Stormwater Inspector Department of Public Works, Butte County; Terisita Curiel, Director of the Precollege MESA Program, CSU Chico; Matt Thompson, Senior Civil Engineer, Sanitary Sewer & Storm Drain Division, City of Chico; Steve Fehrer, Executive Director, Sustainable Community Development Institute.

Car Wash Kit Materials and Tips

The winning team (Members included: Juan Delgado, Victor Trujillo, and Leon Grant) has provided helpful educational materials for car wash charity groups, which appears below:

Donaton of Car Wash Kit to Chico Boy’s & Girl’s Club

The MESA students donated their car wash kit to the Boys & Girls Club, for their Eco-friendly car wash fundraisers. They also assisted with education and outreach to Chico High School car wash groups and the Boys and Girls Club. See the Chico Enterprise-Record story on the donation.

MESA class training

Above: The MESA students are shown here training representatives from the Boys and Girls Club on the use of the car wash kit.

MESA students participating in the Car Wash Kit Challenge

  • Juan Delgado
  • Jessica Donaldson
  • Leon Grant
  • Jason Hallor
  • Angela Johnson
  • Lyle Johnson
  • Mao Lor
  • Dezarae Smith
  • Erik Thomas
  • Victor Trujillo
  • Jared Womack

Many thanks to Butte College MESA Director, Nena Anguiano.