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

AWARDS CEREMONY
Join us in this celebratory event as we honor the top-scoring schools. top-placing students and special merit winners. We will also recognize each school that receives The Fairchild Challenge Award for five consecutive years. The Awards Ceremony will be held at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Date and time are listed below.


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.

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022. AWARDS CEREMONY from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Let’s celebrate all our participants, and applaud winning students and schools for their achievements. Program starts at 10:00 am. Come early to enjoy the Garden and winning entries showcased gallery style. See FlyerNEW!

 

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.

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022. AWARDS CEREMONY from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Let’s celebrate all our participants, and applaud winning students and schools for their achievements. Program starts at 1:00 pm. Come early to enjoy the Garden and winning entries showcased gallery style. See FlyerNEW!

 

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, MAY 25, 2022. AWARDS CEREMONY from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Let’s celebrate all our participants, and applaud winning students and schools for their achievements. Program starts at 6:30 pm. Come early to enjoy the Garden and winning entries showcased gallery style. See FlyerNEW!


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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