Symposium Competition For Students

Symposium Competition For Students Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - Students from St. Cloud Technical & Community College Environmental Science classes have done their research and are ready to share it at a research symposium.

The event is on Tuesday from 2 PM to 4 PM in the SCTCC Northway Building, room 1-244.

Environmental Sciences instructor Khaldoun Ahmad says students went out and collected water, soil, and air samples to try and find areas of concern and come up with ways to help prevent pollution.

"Those kids are actually running real projects on environmental issues, and they're trying to fix what we're facing these days as the result of human activity damaging our ecosystem."

Topics include water quality, air pollution, carbon footprints, soil biodiversity, and more.

He says most of the area is polluted from fertilizer runoff and cleaning detergents that get into the water supply.

Ahmad says the symposium includes a poster presentation by all 20 teams, which is a great teaching tool.

"Part of the purpose of this project is to prepare students for public speech. So, I'm having students answer questions so, students can have practice on how to present their works."

The teams are competing for a $500 grand prize for coming up with the best presentation.

The public is welcome to attend the event and learn more about what environmental issues are affecting the St. Cloud region.