Debbie Sluggett, Kalon Nahachewsky (Educational
Debbie Bazett ( Forest
Education Coordinator, COFI - Southern Operations)
The BC Interior "Environmental Mind Grind" Challenge
Are students in your community up for the EMG challenge? Come
out and cheer them on as they compete to showcase their knowledge
about the environment!!
popular school competition, "Environmental Mind Grind" is
back once again for 2006, hosted in honour of Earth Day by environmental
educators in the North, Central and South Okanagan- Similkameen,
Thompson-Nicola and Kootenay regions.
Since its beginnings in 2000, more than 500 teams
and thousands of elementary, middle and high school students have
participated in this entertaining academic challenge, both at the
local regional level championships and at the BC Interior playoffs,
usually held in Kelowna.
Invitations and advertising flyers are sent out to each school
and distributed to principals and teachers. Teachers who apply
for registration are supplied with study packages for each of the
environmental areas of study early in the New Year, so that students
may prepare for the contest, which takes place in April. The areas
of study include: air quality, watershed health, waste reduction,
water conservation, endangered species, transportation, energy,
conservation and forestry.
Any public or private school may enter one team for each school
category, with a team consisting of three student contestants,
one back-up student (optional) and a support teacher. There are
three school categories: grades 4-6, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.
Teams participate against one another in single round knockout,
with the team having the most points at the end of the game advancing
to the next round.
Each team receives participation t-shirts and a bag filled with
promotional items provided by the sponsors as well as treat coupons.
Other prizes for winning teams include fleece vests, pizza parties
for the school or class, ice cream and caps. For the final interior
play-off winners, a prize of $1000 cash is available to be won
for their school.
If you live in one of the regions mentioned above and would like
to find out more about the Environmental Mind Grind competition,
contact the Waste Reduction Office at your local Regional District
Office or email Tracy Guidi at the City of Kelowna- [email protected]
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