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Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and Catawba Research are partnering to inspire the next generation of Charlotteans to put their talents to work for the good of the environment. The Charlotte Future 2020 Competition is a "Shark Tank" style competition for high school students who have an innovative idea to tackle an environmental problem facing our region.
Who can participate?
This is a Free event for local High School students who are residents in the following counties: Alexander, Cleveland, York, Iredell, Gaston, Union, Catawba, Mecklenburg, Chester, Rowan, Cabarrus, Lancaster, Lincoln, Stanly, Chesterfield.
Students will pick an environmental theme, issue or problem facing the Charlotte area from the list of local topics curated by our partner environment organizations. Topics are based on each organization's specific mission and current program work.
How do students submit their ideas and compete?
Students will submit a written plan (no more than 2 pages) and a video presentation (no longer than 2 minutes, 30 seconds) to supplement their written plan. Students must fill out the registration form and submission form, in order to participate.
Students will be judged on quality of written proposal and video presentation. Partner nonprofits will select semi-finalists who will compete on stage. One submission per student, please.
When and how will the winner be decided?
The final event will be an on-stage presentation of the student's idea/solution in September. Each non-profit will get a finalist and the top 3 will get scholarships.
There will be seven judges for the main stage event. Judges will be: 1 board member from each organization and 1 representative from Catawba Research.
The finalists will be judged on creativity of solution, viability of the solution, and presentation.
What are the grand prizes?
Each finalist will be invited to intern with their non-profit the summer after their first year of college.
ENVIROTHON PROGRAM The Envirothon Program is sponsored by the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The Envirothon Competition is an annual environmental competition for middle and high school students. Students compete in teams of 5 to test their knowledge of the natural environment. The students rotate between the following five resource stations (Aquatic ecology, Current Environmental Issues, Forestry, Soils/land use, and Wildlife) where they will be given a written test. Questions are answered as a team.
Participant EligibilityThe program is open to students in grades 9-12 for high and in grades 5-8 for middle school. Teams consist of five members. Each team must have an adult advisor and the team may have alternates. It is important for high school teams to have at least two alternates if you feel that your team may have a chance to win first place at the state competition. The North American Envirothon will allow two substitutes to the original team. Public schools, private schools, home school group, school clubs, FFA groups, etc. are all eligible to participate in the Envirothon Program.
Contest PreparationOnce a team has pre-registered for the Area Envirothon, information will be sent by the sponsoring District (Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District) to each advisor listing the source of materials that will be needed for study. The official team study resources and event information can be found on North Carolina's Envirothon website (www.ncenvirothon.org). Questions will be developed from resource materials or from information supplied during the events' station trainings.
Contest CycleThe Envirothon begins at the start of the new school year. There are eight
Area Envirothons in the spring. A team must qualify at an Area Envirothon to advance to the State Envirothon. The 1st Place high school team will advance to the North American Envirothon. For more details please visit
The date for the 2021 Area 8 Southern Piedmont Envirothon which includes Mecklenburg County has not yet been determined. Dates during March are under consideration. The Area 8 Committee is evaluating sites that would allow the event to be held outside, allow proper social distancing, and provide shelters in the event of rain. The date will be announced as soon as arrangements can be made.
The date for the 2021 North Carolina State Envirothon will be April 16 and 17, 2021 at Cedarock Park in Alamance County. While there is still uncertainty on how Envirothon competitions will be held for the 2020-2021 school year planning is underway to hold in-person competitions if possible with a back-up plan to conduct the competition using online methods.
Envirothon School for Advisors and Teachers
The Envirothon School for Advisors and Teachers is an opportunity to participate in specialized training for Envirothon team advisors and teachers while also earning credit toward teacher CEUs or the NC Environmental Education Certification. More details.
Education Programs - Envirothon - Resources for Team Advisors Use
The material is intended as supplemental material for team advisors to use as they train for the Envirothon. Team Advisors click here.
RESOURCE CONSERVATION WORKSHOP (RCW)The Envirothon Program is sponsored by the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong intensive study and hands-on conservation workshop requiring student application and participation a wide range of conservation topics. Students are housed in NCSU campus dormitories under the guidance of line-in counselors. In order to achieve success, students should come prepared to apply themselves to meet the primary objective of this workshop -- learning about natural resources and their management in today's environment. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to students under several awards programs. For more details please visit: http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/educational/RCW.html
Participant EligibilityStudents who have demonstrated an interest in natural resource conservation are eligible. High School Graduates are
not eligible to attend. Priority should be given to rising juniors and seniors. Students may participate only one time in this workshop.
Registration Deadline (Mecklenburg applicants) Interested persons should complete a RCW Application at: http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/educational/documents/APPLICATIONFORM.pdfThe deadline for registration is at noon on April 15, 2021.
Dates for the Resource Conservation Workshop TBA.
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