DOI: 10.1002/nse2.20125 ISSN:

Soil Judging e‐Contest: The virtual experience expanding the soil learning process

Fabrício de A. Pedron, John M. Galbraith, Bryant C. Scharenbroch, Marcos G. Pereira, Ademir Fontana
  • Insect Science
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Education
  • Ecology


Soil judging contests are important activities to explore the soil science and its relation to the natural world. They have been held for many years and proved to be very efficient for the student's engagement, field practice and learning. During the COVID‐19 pandemic the soil science societies world‐wide had to adapted this activity to the virtual environment. The objective of this article is to document two experiences tested in Brazil and in the United States of America, exploring its potential as an innovative and widely available educational method for teaching soil science. The procedures developed in both countries are presented and the students perceptions indicated that the virtual events are a viable way to hold the soil judging contest, contributing to their academic skills. The Brazilian and United States experiences are viable models that can serve as a basis for other countries adopting this activity in their pedagogical planning and academic calendar.

This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved

More from our Archive