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SOFIA Helps Environmental Academy Students with New Web Site


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photograph of the Envirothon team
Envirothon team (left to right): Alephio Sanchez, Lauren Connell, Drew Piersa, Brady Denger, Erin Rothenburg (Captain), and Leslie Rothenburg.
Heather Henkel, webmaster of the USGS' South Florida Information Access (SOFIA) Web site, helped students from the Academy of Environmental Science and Technology of Forest Hill Community High School (West Palm Beach, FL) design a Web site for their entry in the Palm Beach County Envirothon.

The Envirothon is an educational program in which high-school students focus on a specific environmental issue and develop skills to help resolve that issue. This year's theme was "Introduced Species and Their Effect on Biodiversity." The students from the Environmental Academy developed a program to help educate people about the responsibilities of having a pet. A video (produced during a visit to a local elementary school), brochure, and other related information can be found on the Forest Hill High School Envirothon 2002 Web site. The students took second place in the competition, held March 1, 2002.

In addition to its work with the Envirothon, Forest Hill High School's Environmental Academy involved 13 students in the high school's science fair, held on February 15, and in the 42nd Annual Palm Beach County Science Fair, held on February 20. The aim of the science-fair projects is to introduce the students to the scientific method and to allow them to pursue their interests from a research perspective. The students select a topic, research it, create an experiment, collect results, and analyze the acceptance or dismissal of their hypothesis. This research experience is then compiled into a research paper, poster presentation, and, for some, a PowerPoint presentation used for the competition phase of the science fair. Their abstracts and additional photographs can be found on the Palm Beach County Science Fair Projects Web site.


Related Web Sites
Forest Hill High School Envirothon 2002
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Palm Beach County Science Fair Projects
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