Students learn STEM lessons in the outdoors

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a Junior Enviro-thon Thursday at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.

The competition pits middle school students from sixth through eighth grades against each other in their knowledge of outdoor environmental issues.

The goal of the program is to gain team building skills and promoting the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Teams of five were tested on soils, forestry, aquatics and wildlife.

“In order for a young person to be successful, they need to have some knowledge of the STEM discipline,” said Kathleen Vrable-Bryan with the Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District. “This is just an opportunity to nurture the love of the STEM disciplines, get the kids excited and wanting to learn more about it.”

The Soil and Water District hosts a similar event for high school students every year. Thursday marked the first Enviro-thon for middle school students since 2001.

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