‘Envirothon’ Challenges Students to Help Solve Environmental Problems | The mighty 790 KFGO

BISMARCK, ND (KFGO/PRAIRIE PUBLIC) The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has awarded nearly $3 million in federal EPA grants to 11 pollution prevention projects.

One of them is a statewide competition for high school students, called “Envirothon”.

Andrea Petersen is the statewide coordinator for “Envirothon.” She said it’s a contest of natural resources.

“Students work in teams to solve questions related to soils, water, grasslands, forestry, wildlife, and then each year there is a current problem that students will take on the challenge of trying to solve. find an answer and that ties into something going on in the world right now,” Petersen said.

Petersen said “Envirothon” is a hands-on competition.

“It’s all outdoors, sampling water, texturing soils with their hands, identifying bird wings, listening to bird sounds,” Petersen said. “Last year in the state competition, they actually had to use a large logging saw and saw down a tree and then identify the tree rings. So it’s very convenient, very few questions are in a book.

Petersen said regional competitions take place before national finals. She said that this year, 14 teams from 10 schools participated.

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