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The PEIISC Helping with 2015 PEI Envirothon Competition!

This fall, the PEIISC has been helping the Provincial Forests, Fish and Wildlife division prepare for the 2015 Envirothon competition!

Envirothon is an international environmental education competition for high school students. Through the competition, students get a chance to work with and learn from local professionals working in natural resource sciences, and develop their team-building and communication skills. Teams explore four environmental themes: aquatic ecology, forests, soils and wildlife, plus a fifth topic which changes annually. For the 2015 competition, the fifth Envirothon topic is invasive species!

Since the fifth topic is one we are fairly well-versed in, members of the Council assisted the Provincial Envirothon coordinator in developing a final challenge question for Island Envirothon teams. The final challenge is always the most exciting part of an Envirothon competition! Teams are introduced to the topic, given some background information, and then are presented with the challenge – often a multi-part question that encourages students to think critically, work together and problem solve. Teams then have the rest of the day and evening to prepare a final presentation, which they will present to a panel of judges.

A couple of our council members will be sitting on the judging panel this weekend and they are very excited to see what the teams come up with!

Best of luck to all Island Envirothon teams participating in the competition this weekend!