Challenge 6: Shade our Schools – Leaves are Cool!

For Groups — Maximum points: 400 (1 entry per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: To avoid overheating, leaves may have different characteristics depending on how much sunlight they are exposed to throughout the day. For example, sun leaves, or those leaves which receive the most sunlight, may look different than shade leaves of the same plant. By assessing how leaf traits differ between sun and shade leaves, we can potentially identify leaf adaptations that may be used by plants to buffer themselves against climate change. This year, students will help scientists at the University of Miami to conduct a series of experiments to characterize leaf temperatures and traits in sun and shade leaves to evaluate which leaf types will fare best in the future. Students will use standardized methods to collect scientific data and will create an illustrated field journal documenting their observations. Downloadable PDF

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Teachers must register to attend a mandatory workshop by October 16, 2021

  • Those teachers registered for the workshop must submit a Lease Agreement if they plan to participate in this challenge

  • Students must submit data and journal for complete entry submission

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

Delivered to Fairchild in person or via certified mail:

  • Illustrated field journal 

  • Hard copy data sheets

✓  Data Requirements:
 Collect temperature data for sun and shade leaves as per Shade Our Schools protocol
 Data sheets must include temperature measurements and leaf characteristics of AT LEAST 5 sun leaves and 5 shade leaves
 Data sheets must be filled out completely (including the “notes” section)
 Complete data set must be submitted with Field Journals
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)
✓  Journal Requirements:
 Title page of field journal must clearly indicate school name, teacher name(s), and how many students or classes were involved in the collection of data and the creation of field journal
 Field journal must include a combination of text, labeled drawings, photos and graphs summarizing the results
 Field journal must include an analysis of the results and conclusions
 Field journal must be 8.5” x 11” or less, and 12 double-sided pages or less, (this will be total 24 pages for electronic entries) excluding the front and back cover pages. Pages cannot include additional attachments or be used as pockets 
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)


REQUIRED SHADE OUR SCHOOLS VIRTUAL TEACHER WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Visit our Teacher Workshops page for more information. To register, please click here.

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

EVALUATION CRITERIA: 
For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 6 Evaluation Sheet

STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS: 
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 6 Benchmarks

CHALLENGE RESOURCES: 
Research Protocols – Coming Soon!

1-cm grid paper

Shade our School Workshop Presentations – Coming Soon!

iNaturalist Resources
Getting started with iNaturalist
A Teachers Guide to iNaturalist
Video Tutorials

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