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. Forgotten Food ForestWednesday,
October 20, 2021
2001 video
2. The Nocturnal Flora of Fairchild
*OPTIONAL Student Workshop: Thursday, October 28, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday,
November 17, 2021

200

(100 entry)

2 sculptures
3. Environmental Debate Tournament
*OPTIONAL Student Workshop: Saturday, November 20, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
*Event: Thursday, February 10, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday,
February 2, 2022

300
(75/student)

4 students
4. Exploring Environmental Careers – Seeking Environmental All Stars
*OPTIONAL Student Workshop: Wednesday, February 23, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

200 (100/entry)

2 entries

5. Growing Beyond Earth
*REQUIRED Teacher Workshop: Saturday, September 25, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Student Research Symposium: Saturday, April 23, Time TBD

Trial 1 Data and Proposal Due: Wednesday, December 8, 2021


Trial 2 Data and Presentation Due:
Thursday, April 21, 2022

450
(180 Trial 1/Trial 2 data,
50 proposal, 220  presentation/symposium)

1 presentation
6. The Million Orchid Project
*REQUIRED Teacher Workshop: Saturday, September 25, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday,
April 20, 2022

300
(150 data/
150 business plan)

1 business plan
OPTIONAL National Challenge Commemorative Coin – American Icons
Wednesday,
December 15, 2021
100 bonus points
(50/entry)
2 entries

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AWARDS and PRIZES 

The Fairchild Challenge Awards Ceremony is Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At this time, the following awards and prizes will be distributed:

  • Each high school that earns more than 1200 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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