Challenges at a Glance

ChallengesDue to Fairchild by 5:00 pmMaximum PointsMaximum Number of Entries
Educator Challenge: Two Decades of Environmental EducationWednesday,
October 13, 2021
50 bonus points1 video
1. A Seed’s Journey
        A.
Storybook Describing Seed Shape and Size
        B.
Comic Book Describing Seed Germination
        C. Comic Strip Describing Seed Dispersal
Wednesday,
October 27, 2021
200 (100/entry)
200 (100/entry)
200 (100/entry)

2 entries
2 entries
2 entries

2. Growing Beyond Earth®
       A.
Illustration and Written Description (50 words)
       B.
3D Model and Written Description (75 words)
       C.
3D Model and Written Description (100 words)
*OPTIONAL Teacher Workshop: Thursday, September 16 from
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wednesday,
December 1, 2021
200 (100/entry)
200 (100/entry)
200 (100/entry)
2 entries
2 entries
2 entries
3. Shade our Schools – Leaves are Cool!
*REQUIRED Teacher Workshop: Saturday, October 16 from
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesday,
February 2, 2022
4001 book
4. School Garden – A Sense of Calm
*OPTIONAL Teacher Workshop: Saturday, October 9 from
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Garden Grant Application Due: Wednesday, October 6


Wednesday,
March 30, 2022

4001 video
OPTIONAL National Challenge: Commemorative Coin – American Icons
Wednesday,
December 15, 2021 
100 points
(50/entry)
2 entries

Downloadable PDF

AWARDS and PRIZES 

The Fairchild Challenge Awards Ceremony is Saturday, May 21, 2022. At this time, the following awards and prizes will be distributed:

  • Each elementary school that earns more than 1500 points will receive The Fairchild Challenge Award.
  • Each school that receives The Fairchild Challenge Award for five consecutive years will become a Fairchild Challenge School of Excellence.
  • The top-scoring schools will receive cash prizes, up to $1,500, to support their environmental programs.
  • Top-placing students will receive Fairchild Challenge medals and/or certificates. Special Merit winners will also be recognized.
  • Top-scoring group entries will receive medals and/or trophies.
  • All participating schools receive a limited quantity of four-person family passes to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to distribute to actively participating students and teachers. 
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