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 Challenge 
1. Botanical BeautiesWednesday,
October 20, 2021
200
(100/entry)
2 photographs

2. Rain Gardens for Revival
*OPTIONAL Teacher Workshop: Saturday, October 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wednesday,
November 17, 2021
2001 entry

3. Growing Beyond Earth
*REQUIRED Teacher Workshop: Saturday, September 25, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
*OPTIONAL Student Research Symposium: Saturday, April 23, Time TBD

GBE Trial 1. Data & Poster due:
January 12, 2022


Visit the GBE webpage for optional Trial 2 due dates

400
(200 data/200 poster)


100 bonus points

1 poster
4. Green Treasures – My Food Story
*OPTIONAL Student Workshop: Wednesday, January 19, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesday,
February 2, 2022

200 (100/entry)

2 videos
5. Exploring Environmental Careers – Dream of Your Bright Future
*OPTIONAL Student Workshop: Thursday, February 24, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesday,
March 16, 2022
200 (100/entry)2 entries
6. Shade our Schools – Leaves are Cool!
*REQUIRED Teacher Workshop: Saturday, October 16, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesday,
April 13, 2022
400
(200 data/200 journal)
1 journal
OPTIONAL National Challenge: Commemorative Coin – American IconsWednesday,
December 15, 2021
100 points
(50/entry)
2 entries

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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 middle school that earns more than 1000 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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