LOS ANGELES — Surfwear giant Quiksilver Inc. is slated to announce today a $1.25 million partnership with the University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the school’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies to improve science and environmental education for students in grades K-12.

Spread over five years, the QuikScience Partnership will also include the establishment of the “QuikScience Challenge,” a competition designed to encourage 7th and 8th graders in five Southern California counties to expand the use of ocean-related studies in science classes. The grand prize is a weeklong trip in the Caribbean Sea aboard the Crossing, a 72-foot ocean research vessel sponsored by Quiksilver. Future Challenges will include all grades. “Through this program, we hope to excite kids about science and combine the familiarity of our brand with the amazing power of the ocean to make learning science relevant, fun and even cool,” said Bob McKnight, ceo of Quiksilver and a USC alum, in a statement.

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