Eastern Carolina students compete in environmental sciences

Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 9:17 PM EDT
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Hundreds of middle and high school students from around Eastern Carolina came together to take what they are learning in environmental sciences outside of the classroom.

The students headed to Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County for an Envirothon.

The event is focused on five areas of studies within environmental sciences and experts in each area were on hand to teach the students in an interactive way.

Students spent time learning about soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics, and current environmental issues.

They then put their knowledge to the test as part of the competition. The students made teams of five and came from 28 different counties for the day-long competition.

"To me, the environment is such a big issue today with global warming and the problems that we're having, so I think it's really important we get involved as young as we can and I would like to go into environmental law, so this is a foundation for me," says Emily Robinson, a junior at J.H. Rose High School.

The top seven scoring teams from Tuesday's competition will advance to the state level, which will be held in Burlington in April.