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2016 Texas Envirothon

Science Academy of South Texas
Science Academy of South Texas takes top honors at the Texas Envirothon on Monday, April 4, 2016, at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Members of Team Maroon are Angel Perez, Martha Garcia, Victoria Allen, Vanessa M. Martinez, and Paola Granados. The team will represent Texas at the NCF-Envirothon.

Science Academy of South Texas Wins Texas Envirothon

Houston, TX, April 6, 2016–A team of high school students from the Science Academy of South Texas captured the 2016 Texas Envirothon championship in Houston, Texas. The event took place April 2–4 at Sheldon Lake State Park, the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Armand Bayou Nature Center. The Academy of Science and Technology took second place, and Clear Lake High School placed third.

"Envirothon is a great way for high school students to get hands-on experience and an introduction to potential natural resource careers," said Wendy Reistle, program coordinator of the Texas Envirothon. "The competition also exposes students to real environmental issues that need to be addressed."

The five-member team will travel to Ontario, Canada, to compete against teams from the other states and Canadian provinces for scholarships at the NCF-Envirothon. Students on the winning team are Victoria Allen, Martha Garcia, Paola Granados, Vanessa M. Martinez, and Angel Perez. Andrew Cortez served as the team's adviser.

Awards were given to the top scoring teams on the field exam by topic and for the top team in the oral presentation during an afternoon ceremony at UHCL. Clear Lake High School took the top spot in Aquatics, Wildlife, and Current Issue. Co-winners in Forestry were Science Academy of South Texas Team Maroon and Richardson Team A. Academy of Science and Technology Team Salamander placed first in Soils, and the Oral Presentation winner was Team Alpaca, also from AST. Sam Rayburn High School Team 1 was recognized with the Rookie Team award for earning the top field test score among first-time team participants.

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Financial support for the event was provided by conservation districts and natural resource related agencies and businesses from across Texas.

  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Texas Association for Environmental Education
  • LyondellBasell
  • Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
  • NCF-Envirothon/U.S. Forest Service
  • Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake/Environmental Institute of Houston
  • Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • Harris County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Sheldon Lake State Park
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center


  Key Topics & Learning Objectives

Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society

Key Topics

  1. Invasive species and their impacts
  2. Pathways of introduction and spread
  3. The invasive species management cycle (prevent, detect, respond, control)
  4. Roles and responsibilities (government, non-government, the individual)
  5. Tools in the toolbox (models, detection tools, monitoring tools, communications)

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain what an invasive species is.
  2. Describe the economic, social, and environmental impacts of invasive species.
  3. Comprehend the effects/impacts of invasive species on aquatic, forest, wildlife and soil ecosystems with specific reference to biodiversity.
  4. Explain how ecological impacts may vary by species.
  5. Compare theories about the characteristics that assist invasive species in successfully establishing new populations. What makes a good invader?
  6. Describe the pathways through which invasive species are introduced.
  7. Discuss the stages of the invasive species management cycle and components of an invasive species management plan.
  8. Assess the costs associated with controlling an invasive species on a state/province-wide basis.
  9. Outline methods of controlling an invasive species.
  10. Understand how various levels of government and other organizations are involved in the management of invasive species.
  11. Are all invasive species created equal? Describe how risk is assessed.
  12. Discuss the means by which invasive species are detected and monitored and have a basic knowledge of models and tools used to monitor invasive species.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of the policies/legislation involved in preventing, detecting, monitoring, and controlling invasive species.
  14. Describe the role for non-government and the average citizen in managing invasive species.
  15. Investigate ways to reduce the arrival of new invasive species by setting the foundations for environmentally ethical behaviors and sound environmental decision making.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge of the various forms of outreach and education being used and assess their effectiveness.
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Education and Outreach - Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

  Participating Schools
  • Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands
  • Carroll Senior High School, Southlake
  • Clear Falls High School, League City
  • Clear Lake High School, Houston
  • Clear Springs High School, League City
  • East Central High School, San Antonio
  • J. Frank Dobie High School, Pasadena
  • Hallsville High School, Hallsville
  • Richardson High School, Richardson
  • Rio Hondo High School, Rio Hondo
  • St. John's School, Houston
  • Sam Rayburn High School, Pasadena
  • Science Academy of South Texas, Mercedes
  • Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School, Pharr
  • The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands.
  • Texas Envirothon

    Phone: 281-283-3045
    Email: reistle@uhcl.edu

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    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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