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.

Register now for the 2022-2023 Launch Brunch!

Elementary School Launch
September 10th, 2022 from 10:00am-2:00pm
Middle and High School Launch
August 27, 2022 from 10:00am-2:00pm
Middle School – Register here!
High School – Register here!
Remember that attendance to your corresponding launch is required in order to gain Master Plan Points.



Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Elementary, Middle, and High School
Fairchild Challenge participants and winners!

Thank you to our Educators and Students for making our milestone anniversary an incredible year.


Click here to see our Elementary School Fairchild Challenge Award Winning Entries and Special Merits!


Gold Award: Pinecrest Elementary School
Silver Award: Air Base K-8 Center For International Education, Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School, Kensington Park Elementary School, La Scuola, Sylvania Heights Elementary School
Bronze Award: Advanced Achievers Academy, Blue Lakes Elementary, Ernest R Graham K-8 Academy, Florida Christian School, Kendall Square K-8, Key Largo School, North Beach Elementary School, Oliver Hoover Elementary School, Royal Green Elementary School, The Growing Place, Youth Co-op Charter School
Fairchild Challenge Award: Bridgeprep Academy of Interamerican, Christi/STEPSS Academy, Coral Reef Elementary School, Dante B. Fascell Elementary School, Doral International Academy, Fienberg/Fisher K-8 Center, Goulds Elementary School, Palm Springs Elementary School, Pinecrest Academy (South Campus) and St. Kevin Catholic School



Click here to see our Middle School Fairchild Challenge Award Winning Entries and Special Merits!


Gold Award: Palmer Trinity School
Silver Award: Key Largo School, Mater Lakes Academy Middle School, Palmetto Middle School, St. Kevin Catholic School
Bronze Award: Aventura Waterways K-8 Center, Hialeah Gardens Middle School, La Scuola, Mater Grove Academy, Rockway Middle School, Ruben Dario Middle School, South Miami Middle School, Vineland K-8 Center
Fairchild Challenge Award: Air Base K-8 Center for International Education, Christi/STEPSS Academy, Coconut Palm K-8 Academy, Florida Christian School, Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy, Kinloch Park Middle School, Miami Lakes K-8 Center, Riviera Middle School, W.R. Thomas Middle School



Click here to see our High School Fairchild Challenge Award Winning Entries and Special Merits!


Gold Award: iMater Preparatory Academy High School
Silver Award: Archimedean Upper Conservatory, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy, Miami Palmetto Senior High School
Bronze Award: Coral Reef Senior High School, Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School, Miami Senior High School, Miami Springs Senior High School, Palmer Trinity School, TERRA Environmental Research Institute
Fairchild Challenge Award: Christi/STEPSS Academy, Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High School, Mater Academy Lakes High School


National Challenge: Commemorative Coin – American Icons 

Complete list of regional winners and written text can be found here.

CONGRATULATIONS to our National and Regional Winners!!

As the Plant Conservation Alliance celebrates 25 years of advancing plant conservation and promoting native plant community restoration, they needed student help to design a commemorative coin that honors iconic plants native to the United States. Plants play an important role in our nation’s ecosystems while also being symbols of local cultural heritage, defining the character of places, and influencing our experiences with the natural world where we live, work, and play. Identify a U.S. native plant that symbolizes the uniqueness of America’s landscapes and create an illustration for a coin that showcases your plant. Drawings included a written description explaining why students selected this plant and how it is representative of the region’s cultural and natural heritage.

For complete project details click here.

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:

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


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