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Students Turn to Nextdoor to Solve the Problem of Unused Household Paint

Written by Danielle Styskal

This weekend, a group of six 6th graders, aptly named Voyager 6, from San Ramon, CA will compete in the Capital District’s FIRST LEGO League Championships in Sacramento.

The FIRST LEGO League is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students. In September each year, a new challenge is announced that focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences.

Voyager 6 advanced to the championship after building a robot that could successfully complete set missions, and by displaying the organization’s core value of good sportsmanship at a November competition that pitted them against 16 other teams.

San Ramon’s Voyager 6 group

At tomorrow’s championship, the group will compete against 48 other teams from Northern California in the Trash Trek challenge. Voyager 6 will unveil their project that they’ve been working on: a paint reuse program.

Voyager 6 chose the problem of unwanted household paint. Their solution? To create a paint reuse program within their neighborhoods.

With the help of their parents, the group turned to Nextdoor to implement and share their solution across their communities.

“We’re using Nextdoor to communicate with our neighbors about our paint reuse program,” said Voyager 6 member, Darren Lee. “We created a Nextdoor Group where neighbors can state quantity, color, and type of paint they want to exchange or donate to nonprofits.”

Neighbors in the group’s area can turn to Nextdoor when they have paint leftover from projects that someone else could benefit from. If there isn’t any interest in a specific type of paint, the group will help facilitate a donation to a local nonprofit, like Habitat for Humanity.

We’re proud to be a part of Voyager 6’s innovative solution to Trash Trek. From all of us at Nextdoor: good luck, Voyager 6!


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