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Kids team up to tackle science in Nature Bowl XXXII

Theodore Judah Elementary School students, from left, Alana Saeltzer, Remi Vrilakas, and Annika Erickson share a laugh in the nature relay during Nature Bowl XXXII on Saturday. There also were quiz games and environmental identification contests.
Theodore Judah Elementary School students, from left, Alana Saeltzer, Remi Vrilakas, and Annika Erickson share a laugh in the nature relay during Nature Bowl XXXII on Saturday. There also were quiz games and environmental identification contests. rbenton@sacbee.com

Twenty-four teams composed of area third- to sixth-graders took part Saturday in Nature Bowl XXXII, an annual science-based educational program. The event was held at California State University, Sacramento.

About 190 students participated from 22 regional schools. In the fifth- and sixth-grade division, the team from Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School in Davis took first place. The team from Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary in Sacramento captured first place in the third- and fourth-grade division.

The teams learned about the environment while building teamwork skills and sharpening their creative and critical thinking abilities, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which coordinated the event. The program curriculum corresponds with California’s Next Generation Science Standards, which makes it a popular event for teachers and educators while focusing on local or regional environments.

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