Challenge 3: Environmental Debate Tournament

For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 300 (1 entry per school)**see point breakdown below**

YOUR CHALLENGE: For 20 years, The Fairchild Challenge Environmental Debate Tournament has created a space for students to flex their skills in persuasion and critical thinking. Students will again have this opportunity to research different dimensions of environmental issues at the local, national, and international level and increase their civic awareness. As we transition back into an in-person format, participants will debate in the British Parliamentary style about a variety of environmental issues (coming in December) here in the Garden. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

EVENT DATE: Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm  
*student debaters must arrive at Fairchild by 8:30 am**

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Maximum four student debaters (two teams of two)
 Research given topics and actively participate in Environmental Debate Tournament
 Students must remain for the duration of the debates to receive maximum points
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

STUDENT WORKSHOP: Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. 
For more information, please visit our Student Workshops page. Click here to register. – Coming Soon!

Free Transportation for Title I Schools
Thanks to our generous donors the Fairchild Challenge is able to offer free transportation to Title I schools visiting the Garden for Fairchild Challenge programming. Programming includes: weekday, evening and weekend Fairchild Challenge student workshops and Fairchild Challenge symposia. Please complete the transportation request form at least 2 weeks prior to the event date. Late requests may not be accommodated. 

Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 3 Evaluation Sheet

300 Total Points Breakdown:

  • Each team will receive 75 points per student (up to 300 points for schools competing Team A and Team B)

  • Bonus points (25) will be awarded for alternate team (Maximum 1 team per school)


  • Debate format is British Parliamentary Debating.

  • Debate topics will be posted online (coming in December).

  • Students will be scored in accordance to national standards for British Parliamentary debating. Following the debates, schools may request completed evaluation sheets if they would like to submit to the National Speech and Debate Association for points.

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 3 Benchmarks

Introduction to British Parliamentary Debate PowerPoint
British Parliamentary Debating for Beginners
British Parliamentary Debate Format
National Speech and Debate Association
Practice Round Videos
World Debate Institute