The Fairchild Challenge

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The Fairchild Challenge is our award-winning, interdisciplinary, environmental science competition designed to engage students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds to explore the natural world. The program has been recognized as a benchmark for exceptional STEM education and for empowering PreK – 12th grade students to become the next generation of scientists, researchers, educated voters, policy makers, and environmentally-minded citizens. Schools can participate in any number of the annual Challenges to accrue points throughout the year. Winning entries will receive awards and prizes.


Information regarding the 2021-2022 Elementary, Middle, and High School Fairchild Challenge

Elementary School Website

FAIRCHILD CHALLENGE PARTICIPATION.
The lead educator should complete the School Registration form and all participating teachers should each submit the Teacher Registration form.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1 – CHALLENGE 2: GROWING BEYOND EARTH DUE
For more information, please visit the Challenge 2 webpage. Please complete respective entry form: Challenge 2A, Challenge 2BChallenge 2C.
 

Middle School Website

FAIRCHILD CHALLENGE PARTICIPATION.
The lead educator should complete the School Registration form and all participating teachers should each submit the Teacher Registration form.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 – CHALLENGE 2: RAIN GARDENS FOR REVIVAL DUE

For more information, please visit the Challenge 2 webpage. Please complete the Challenge 2 Entry Form.
 

High School Website

FAIRCHILD CHALLENGE PARTICIPATION.
The lead educator should complete the School Registration form and all participating teachers should each submit the Teacher Registration form

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 – CHALLENGE 2: NIGHT BLOOMING PLANTS. OPTIONAL STUDENT WORKSHOP 
This workshop, hosted on Thursday, October 28 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, will highlight how specialized flora and fauna are adapted to thrive in the nighttime. Students will see night-blooming plants during their walking tour. NOW OPEN! Click here.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 – CHALLENGE 2: THE NOCTURNAL FLORA OF FAIRCHILD DUE
For more information, please visit the Challenge 2 webpage. Please complete the Challenge 2 Entry Form.
 

2020-2021 Elementary, Middle, and High School Fairchild Challenge

Global Challenge: Unsung Plant Scientists – Their Journey and Legacy
#UnsungHeroesofBotany

English version on YouTube
Spanish version on YouTube

Video produced by Matt Scharenbroich.
Music by LesFM. Track: Inspirational Piano.

@FairchildGarden and @bgci are collaborating on a global challenge about Unsung Plant Scientists. To celebrate scientists with different perspectives from diverse backgrounds, we are asking kids around the globe to create a trading card that showcases the life and inspiring work of a chosen plant scientist. This project is all about unsung plant heroes – celebrating historical and present-day scientists that are underrepresented globally. We want to tell stories about plant scientists from different countries, backgrounds, ages, communities. We want our stories to be diverse and inclusive and showcase the best of plant science. Think about what this means to you and who inspires you.

Join the Global Challenge

Showcase Videos of Winning Entries are Below:

Elementary School
Middle School
High School

gbone.earth, Digital video exhibition creator and curator

Plant Awareness Disparity Index
Survey Results for The Fairchild Challenge

Overall average score: 73.75/75 (98.3%).
Click here for more details.


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Fairchild Challenge Team will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and will make informed decisions on how to proceed as information becomes available. If you have not done so already, please be sure to register for our monthly newsletter where we will announce any modifications to: teacher and student workshops, Challenge due dates, material return, and garden wide procedures as more information becomes available. Should you have any specific questions please email: challengepk-5@fairchildgarden.orgchallenge6-8@fairchildgarden.org, or challenge9-12@fairchildgarden.org

Fairchild’s Collaboration with NASA through the Growing Beyond Earth Project – View Video here

 

Contact Us

Elementary Schools: challengepk-5@fairchildgarden.org
Middle Schools: challenge6-8@fairchildgarden.org
High Schools: challenge9-12@fairchildgarden.org

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The Fairchild Challenge is made possible by the generous support of the Batchelor Foundation.
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