ReefQuest was founded by 13-year old Dylan Vecchione born from his vision that kids could become marine environmental stewards if they are given the proper tools to do so. A key initiative of ReefQuest is the Virtual Reef, the world's first attempt to capture in high resolution digital underwater 3D panoramic sections of actual coral reefs. This will document the state of coral reefs so that they can be studied over time as well as enable various scientific surveys to be conducted by citizen scientists. ReefQuest empowers schools to extend the virtual reef to marine environments near them. ReefQuest’s first Virtual Reefs are in the West Maui locations of Kahekili and Honolua. Additional virtual reefs are in progress in the Santa Monica Bay in California and 28 other locations around the world. ReefQuest is partially funded by a grant from the Coral Reef Alliance, (www.coral.org).  For more information www.ReefQuest.org