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. 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – CHALLENGE 2: CONNECT TO PROTECT NETWORK – MY STORY DUE
For more information, please visit the Challenge 2 web page. Entries must be emailed to challenge6-8@fairchildgarden.org and submit the online Entry Form by Wednesday, November 18th by 5:00 pm to be eligible to receive full credit. 


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. 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 – THE MILLION ORCHID VIRTUAL TEACHER WORKSHOP from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Teachers interested in participating in Challenge 7: The Million Orchid Project are required to attend this virtual workshop. During this workshop researchers will review the Million Orchid Project and introduce concepts and protocols for this year’s Challenge. Teachers will learn the science behind the Million Orchid Project, which species are being reintroduced into South Florida, and how to perform outplantings of ground orchids. Data collection protocols will be explained and hands-on outplanting demonstrations will be given.  For more information please visit the Teacher Workshops page. Registration for this workshop will be available from Wednesday, October 21 through Wednesday, November 4. 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – CHALLENGE 2: CONNECT TO PROTECT NETWORK – ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT FILM DUE
For more information, please visit the Challenge 2 web page. Entries must be emailed to challenge9-12@fairchildgarden.org and submit the online Entry Form by Wednesday, November 18th by 5:00 pm to be eligible to receive full credit. 


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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