New Tech, Health Professions students win Forestry Challenge awards
Students from Sacramento New Technology and Health Professions high schools participated recently in the 2015 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge held in Boulder Creek.
A New Tech team placed third out of 21 teams competing. Health Professions placed first in the challenge’s “pacing contest.” For this event, contestants were challenged to pace a 66-foot distance without the use of any measuring device. Health Profession’s pacing was closest to accurate (only off by 1.25 inches).
All participants helped create content and signage for a self-guided tour under development at Soquel Demonstration State Forest. After spending a day at SDSF learning about its ecology, history and management, students developed portions of a script that will be integrated into an android-based application for smart phones.
Students also completed field training, followed by a field test, to assess their technical forestry knowledge.
“The CFC was a great learning experience with fun and exciting challenge for my students. They truly enjoyed it,” said Health Professions High School teacher Jen Bilka.
Laura Schelosky and Jennifer Young, both seniors at Health Professions, summed it up as follows: “This was super awesome and we’re so glad we got to participate in our senior year.”
Added New Tech teacher Senna Davis: “CFC engages learners in high level thinking with real-world issues about one of California’s most valuable resources, the forest.”