Hundreds of young students took in a series of interactive workshops to learn about their environment during the seventh annual Enviro Expo, hosted at Brandon University this year.
The event drew about 300 students from the Brandon School Division in Grades 3–6, for a full day of learning and fun as they connect what they learn in the classroom to issues and programs in the local area. Opening remarks were held in the Henry Champ Gym at BU’s Healthy Living Centre, while workshops were held on the BU campus grounds and in the Brodie Science Building.
Activities included tree-planting and geocaching, while workshops touched on wildlife, bees, invasive species, water, and eco-friendly living. In one fun workshop, students assembled edible “soil” profiles, building on bedrock made of Oreo, then rising up through a chocolate chip layer, a pudding layer, and topsoil made of cookie crumbs, before being topped with coconut organic matter — and of course, gummy worms. The different layers introduced students to important scientific concepts about what lies beneath the surface of the ground.