The Fairchild Challenge

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 2020-2021 Elementary, Middle, and High School Fairchild Challenge is now available!

Elementary School Website

If you still have materials from last year that you need to return please schedule a time and day to do so.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – CHALLENGE 2: GROWING BEYOND EARTH
For more information, please visit the Challenge 2 web page. Entries must be emailed to
challengepk-5@fairchildgarden.org and submit the Entry From by Wednesday, December 9 at 5:00 pm to be eligible to receive full credit. 


Middle School Website

If you still have materials from last year that you need to return please schedule a time and day to do so. 

OPTIONAL GBE TRIAL 2 UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16 – CHALLENGE 3: GROWIN TRIAL 2 GOOGLE FORM DUE
Please read the following information for the OPTIONAL GBE Trial 2 carefully. In lieu of a proposal, participating schools will submit the following Google Form where they select a cultivar and specific variable to test beginning in January 2021. Variables include: Fertilizer, Photo Period, or Light Spectrum.  Please complete this form by December 16th at 5:00 pm so that our team can begin material preparation before winter break. Participating in Trial 2 can earn schools up to 100 bonus points.

There will be an additional required teacher workshop for Trial 2. For your convenience, we will be offering two sessions of this workshop: Saturday, January 9th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please click here to register for whatever date works best for you. Registration for the GBE Trial 2 workshop will close on Wednesday, December 16th.


High School Website

If you still have materials from last year that you need to return please schedule a time and day to do so. 

GBE TRIAL 2 UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16 – CHALLENGE 3: GROWIN TRIAL 2 GOOGLE FORM DUE
Please read the following information for GBE Trial 2 carefully. In lieu of a proposal, participating schools will submit the following Google Form where they select a cultivar and specific variable to test beginning in January 2021. Variables include: Fertilizer, Photo Period, or Light Spectrum.  Please complete this form by December 16th at 5:00 pm so that our team can begin material preparation before winter break. 

There will be an additional required teacher workshop for Trial 2. For your convenience, we will be offering two sessions of this workshop: Saturday, January 9th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please click here to register for whatever date works best for you. Registration for the GBE Trial 2 workshop will close on Wednesday, December 16th.


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 out 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. The Fairchild Challenge Team is continuing to work remotely and can be contacted via email. Should you have any specific questions please email:
 challengepk-5@fairchildgarden.orgchallenge6-8@fairchildgarden.org, or challenge9-12@fairchildgarden.o

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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