Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Students Win Green for Going Green: Teams of High Schoolers Earn Scholarships and Prizes for Their Understanding and Application of Conservationism

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Students Win Green for Going Green: Teams of High Schoolers Earn Scholarships and Prizes for Their Understanding and Application of Conservationism

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THE CANON ENVIROTHON is an annual competition sponsored by Canon (www.canon.com) that is designed to instill in high schoolers an understanding of environmental science and responsible land use. The Envirothon (www.envirothon.org) tests students on what they've learned about soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife--and evaluates their ideas for resolving a current environmental issue.

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To qualify to attend, teams of five high school students, each led by a volunteer adviser, meet from late autumn until spring to learn about ecology and to practice problem solving. The training includes field trips to natural-resource sites and lectures by natural-resource professionals.

The top teams in each state or Canadian province are selected on the basis of written tests and oral presentations about ecology, land use, and other environmental matters.

This year's winning teams, comprising about 260 students from a field of roughly 500,000, convened at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, to compete for a total of $1 million in scholarships and prizes offered in conjunction with the event.

To expose students to diverse ecosystems and topography, the Envirothon is hosted by a different state or province every year. Information about the host sites is made available each spring, so the teams train by increasing their knowledge of site-specific soil composition and structure, aquatic and terrestrial fauna, and plant-species composition and structure. …

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