People moving about Caltech’s campus in giant hamster balls made of futuristic materials? It must be Ditch Day 2015. In the photo above, Elliot Simon, then still a junior, runs in front of the Broad Center for the Biological Sciences in a Zorb ball, followed closely by alum David Ding (BS ’14). The stack was themed around the 1980s video game “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”
The Carmen Sandiego team spent the morning collecting clues via activities that included a laser puzzle, a chemistry demonstration, and the human hamster balls. After lunch, they put the clues together and began a quest across campus to finally catch Carmen Sandiego, played by then senior Daniel Kong (BS ’15), whom the team promptly tied to a tree with duct tape, as tradition dictates. They celebrated their capture (and quick release) of the elusive villain with a trip to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park.