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Science teacher Page Hutchin
son inspects the progess
of her charges

"It goes in like this. . ."

The orange tabs projecting from the scattered holes are actually small poly-balls held in place by eye bolts. These will be inflated before the concrete is poured to create holes in the structure. Sand is poured to fill the base of the mold and prevent the concrete from leaking out the bottom.

Getting the large poly-ball in the mold after it is assembled is a little more challenging. This creates a hollow in the mold and also allows the "reef ball" to be floated during some deployments.
With a little help from a compressed air tank, inflating the balls is a breeze. After inflation a mixture of sugar and water is sprayed on the sides of the mold and poly-balls to keep the concrete from hardening on the surface.

Complete and ready for concrete.

All volunteers are awarded a colorful memento of their contribution, a T-shirt bearing the clain, "I helped build a REEF."

Hmmm, squishy concrete-thisis Mike Meiers favorite part, especially when it
gets messy

Page and Charlie carefully guide the concrete into a mold-watch the drips, guys!

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