OPTIONAL Global Challenge: Unsung Plant Scientists – Their Journey and Legacy

For Individuals or Groups (2-5 students per group) — Maximum points: 100 (50 entry per entry; 2 entries per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: Plant scientists have played a critical role in breaking social barriers and influencing scientific thinking that impacts our daily lives. Throughout history to the present, they are fearless leaders who have created bold initiatives and revolutionized the field. To achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, a global community must be built on values of inclusion, diversity and equity. To celebrate botanists with different perspectives from diverse backgrounds, students will create trading cards that showcase their life and inspiring work. Through the Botanic Gardens Conservation International network, these trading cards will be shared to provide a global voice of innovative plant scientists that have spurred positive change. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

Email a digital copy to challenge9-12@fairchildgarden.org

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Entry must be emailed to challenge9-12@fairchildgarden.org and include school name and teacher contact in attachment name and the email message
 Entry accurately depicts a plant scientist from a diverse background
 Written description includes: plant scientist’s legacy and scientific contribution to the field
 Written description includes: plant scientist’s life story and reflects theme of inclusion, diversity and equity
 Artwork must be an original hand-rendered or computer-generated (2-D flat) design created by the student
 Entry must follow template and cannot be larger than 8.5″ x 11″ and must be in full color; done in colored pencil, crayon, pen, fine-point marker, paint. or computer-generated only
 Sharing via Twitter or Instagram with hashtag (#UnsungHeroesofBotany) and your school name
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

Students will be able to participate in this year’s Global Challenge to earn up to 100 bonus points for their school. Each school may submit 2 entries worth 50 points each. Entries will be compiled into a digital slideshow along with other participating students from around the world.

GLOBAL CHALLENGE: UNSUNG PLANT SCIENTISTS EVENT LAUNCH: Thursday, March 18 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Join us to discuss the contributions of botanic gardens towards the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and how we can improve access in the plant sciences for underrepresented groups. To register, please click here – closed on March 17.

The webinar recording can be found here – 
Martin Cadena Salgado, United Nations Development Programme Community of Practice Facilitator @ 13:15 minute mark
Judy Ling Wong, President of the Black Environment Network @ 25:14 minute mark
Princess Basma Bint Ali, Founder of the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan @ 37:29 minute mark
Dr. Gioia Massa, Plant Scientist at NASA’s Veggie Program @ 46:10 minute mark

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

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Global Challenge Benchmarks

How we can make the world a better place by 2030. Michael Green TED Talks (video)
Botanic Gardens and Their Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
Botanic Gardens Conservation International On Diversity and Equality

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