All teams are expected to participate in the Oral Component; it is a mandatory part of the Pennsylvania State Envirothon and is a part of the scoring to determine the overall winner.
The Oral Component (OC) offers Envirothon teams a chance to address real-life environmental problems as presented through a written scenario. The OC tests a team’s ability to consider an environmental issue, discuss its likely ramifications and effects, develop possible solutions, and present their findings to a panel of judges and then answer the judges’ questions during a 20-minute session.
New for 2023
- Time limit has changed from 10 minutes to 12 minutes.
- Maximum of 20 slides allowed in the presentations.
- The video submitted should mimic as closely as possible the team standing in front of a panel and presenting it to them in person. The entire team should be present and using their developed PowerPoint as a visual aid. The only visual aid acceptable is a PowerPoint presentation that the team develops. No video editing, animation, etc, is allowed. The goal of the video is to be a single take of the team using their PowerPoint as a visual aid and presenting their information addressing the points of the scenario to the panel of judges.
Oral Component Training Videos – Click to view password protected videos
2019 Oral Component Scenario and additional (2) references – Vegetable Weeder article and Why Precision Agriculture Will Change How Food Is Produced
2019 Oral Component Prep Material provided to the team