GRADES Pre-K to 5 | 2022-2023

Challenge 2A: Growing Up – Design
(PreK to 1st Grade)

For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 200 (100 per entry; 2 entries per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: In cities, where land is scarce and the population is high, people adapt by building upward. Tall buildings provide large amounts of housing and office space in places where there is not much room to spread out. As cities get bigger and bigger, we are learning that there are benefits to growing food in cities, close to where so many people live and work. Traditionally, food is grown far away from cities where there is plenty of farmland. As we now think about gardening and farming in Miami and other cities, we need solutions for growing food in tight spaces where the only way to grow is upward.

We need your help to invent ways to build gardens that can produce food in cities. Draw a picture of a tall garden that would fit within a city. Think about how it would fit inside, outside, or around tall buildings. Remember, plants need light and water to grow. The goal of your garden is to produce as much food as possible in spaces with little or no available land.

2A. Drawing and Written DescriptionDesign and draw a vertical gardening system that can maximize the plant growth in a limited amount of space. Entries must also include a written description explaining your garden’s design (50 words or less).

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ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, November 28, 2022 to Sunday, December 4, 2022

Electronically submit the following:

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Entry must include student(s) name, grade, and school name in bottom right corner

Maximum size is 8.5” x 11”. Illustration must be an original 2-D, hand-rendered artwork done in colored pencil, crayon, pens, fine-point marker, or paint only; no computer generated designs

 Written portion must be 50 words or less and explains your garden’s design
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

Drawings and written descriptions of all your student’s work are encouraged to be submitted for this Challenge. They should be uploaded to the “OPTIONAL: Growing Up Design Extras” section of the entry form. Those entries submitted for points must be clearly uploaded to the entry form section “Growing Up Design 1” or “Growing Up Design 2”.

Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 2A Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 2A Benchmarks

UF/IFAS: Vertical gardening
Green Education Foundation: Vertical gardening
Examples of pre-made kits: Hanging Planter, Self Watering, Stackable, Wall Mounted, Free Standing
Creating and Growing Edible Schoolyards