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. Participants will debate in the British Parliamentary style about a variety of environmental issues (topics released – NEW!). 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 via Zoom  
*student debaters must arrive at Zoom meeting 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)

VIRTUAL STUDENT WORKSHOP: Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. 
For more information, please visit our Student Workshops page. Registration closed on November 17.

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 are posted online (students should prepare for all topics) – NEW!

  • 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

Virtual Student Workshop Presentation: Introduction to British Parliamentary Debate – NEW!
British Parliamentary Debating for Beginners
British Parliamentary Debate Format

Practice Round Videos
World Debate Institute
National Speech and Debate Association
Florida Civics & Debate Initiative
Florida Forensics League
Scholarships for Debaters