Challenge 3: Shade Our Schools

For large groups — Maximum points: 200 (1 entry per school)

If you go to the beach or the park on a hot summer day, where do you look for a cooler spot? Normally, it is more comfortable under the shade of a tree. Trees provide many benefits to our community. This year, you will explore the importance of trees and the impact they have on the temperature of our community. Conduct an experiment to observe the effects of shade and ground cover on how hot we feel. Collect weekly temperature data to see how tree cover and the time of year impacts how hot we feel.

Create a field journal that documents your experimentation and observations. Remember – no two field journals will look the same! Download PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, March 17, 2024 to Sunday, March, 24, 2024
(Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than March 24, 2024)

Electronically submit the following:

Physically submit the following:

  • Field guide
  • Weekly Temperature Data Sheets with at least 6 data points (See “Challenge Resources” below for guide and template).
✓  Entry Requirements:
  Title page of field journal must clearly indicate school name, teacher name(s), and how many students or classes were involved in the collection of data and creation of the journal
  Field journal must include a combination of text, labeled drawings, photos and graphs summarizing the experiments completed and/or observations made
  Field journal must be 8.5″ x 11″ or less, and 12 double-sided pages or less, excluding the front and back cover pages. Pages cannot include additional attachments or be used as pockets
  Physically submit all classroom entries, delivered in person, or mailed to Fairchild Challenge via certified mail to 10901 Old Cutler Road, Goral Gables, Florida 33156, ATTN: Education Department. Hand delivered entries M-F, 8a-5p at the South/Employee entrance. Call the Challenge team at 305-663-80811 or se the provided drop box.
  On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

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 Rubric.

Visit Challenge 3 Lesson Planning Guide for ideas on how to implement this challenge in your classroom.