The Envirothon is a nationwide event that began in 1979 and in Minnesota in 1993. It is a unique, hands-on outdoor competition for high school students that challenges their environmental knowledge and problem solving skills. Teams visit five 25 minute learning stations based on key areas of the environment. Teams consist of 5 students working collaboratively to answer 20 questions at each learning station. The stations are staffed by resource professionals in the fields of wetlands, wildlife, forestry, soils and a current environmental issue. Students must be in grades 9-12. Each team has an adult advisor who can serve for up to three teams. The top three teams from an area advance to the state competition.
Why have a competition like this? To allow high school students to showcase their environmental expertise. To provide an educational opportunity and expose students to Minnesota's ecology. And to encourage academic excellence and recognize students' outstanding accomplishments in environmental literacy.
ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
cause and effect
change and constancy
innovation and invention
SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 9 - 12(adult):
D-1 The interaction of social and natural systems can create properties that are different from either individual system.
D-3 Feedback of output from some parts of a managed social or natural system can be used to bring it closer to desired results.
D-4 It is not always possible to predict accurately the result of changing some part or connection between social and natural systems.
MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
9-12.I.C.4 - The student will know that technological changes and scientific advances are often accompanied by social, political, environmental and economic changes.
MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
9-12.II.G.4 - Students will identify and describe significant land use changes in Minnesota, issues related to land use, and analyze the impact of those changes and issues.
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