GRADES Pre-K to 12 | 2022-2023
WHAT IS THE FAIRCHILD CHALLENGE?
The Fairchild Challenge is an award-winning, interdisciplinary, environmental science competition, run by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The challenges are designed to engage students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds to explore the natural world. For 2022-2023, Fairchild and NASA are collaborating on a national challenge to create the next mission patch.
NATIONAL CHALLENGE: THE NEXT NASA MISSION PATCH
Mission patches are a NASA tradition used to commemorate significant milestones in space exploration. Each patch is designed to highlight the purpose and goals of the mission. And now, NASA is looking for your help to create their next patch commemorating the “VEG-05” plant growth experiment where Red Robin tomatoes will be grown aboard the International Space Station. Your challenge is to design a mission patch that celebrates this historic experiment and write a brief explanation of your inspiration. The winning design will be chosen and reproduced by NASA.
This challenge is a unique opportunity for our national participants to design the next mission patch that clearly exemplifies the VEG-05 experiment. Written description must include symbolism and design choices incorporated into the patch.
WHO CAN ENTER?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE ENTRIES?
Once the deadline has closed, we will review the entries, and the winners will be shared via our website and social media.
ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, November 28, 2022 to Sunday, December 4, 2022
Electronically submit the National Challenge Entry Form
To enter you must complete the form provided above and attach your designed mission patch and written description. The saved single PDF file name must be titled “School Name_Student Name_National Challenge”. Your entry must meet the following requirements:
For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see National Challenge Evaluation Sheet
NATIONAL ACADEMIC STANDARDS:
This Challenge meets various national standards, visit National Challenge Benchmarks:
Project Introduction by Dr. Gioia M., Plant Scientist at NASA Kennedy Space Center (video)
Project summary on VEG-05 (video)
Project details on ’Red Robin’ dwarf tomato plants and light levels (PDF)
NASA: Growing plants in space
NASA: Veggie fact sheet
NASA: Veggie activate to growth system activated on International Space Station
NASA: Veggie Patch
NASA eClips: Our world: Mission patches
National Air and Space Museum: The meaning of mission patches
NASA: Mission patches
NASA: History: Mission patches
Space Center Houston: Colorful, creative, and iconic NASA mission patches
This website is based upon the work supported by NASA under grant award No. NNH21ZDA001N-SciAct. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.