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The Fairchild Challenge

The Fairchild Challenge is a free, multidisciplinary, standards-based, STE(A)M-focused environmental education program for Middle School and High School classrooms which provides teachers with another tool to deliver core curriculum, and gives students an opportunity to shine.

By appealing to students’ innate sense of creativity and curiosity about the world around them, the Challenge invites learners to investigate environmental issues, devise imaginative and effective responses to these issues and to take action–at any level–to address them.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a partner in the growing consortium offering The Fairchild Challenge, a program launched in 2002 by The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida.




2019-2020 Fairchild Challenge

Challenge #1
Green Cuisine
Many-Cultured Meals
Due Mon., Oct. 14, 2019
Challenge #2
Visual Arts
Environmental Photography
Due Wed., Dec. 11, 2019
Let's Garden Challenge #3
Sustainability at Your School
Due Wed., Mar. 25, 2020
Challenge #4
NASA-Collaborative Research
Growing Beyond Earth
Data Due Wed., Dec. 4, 2019
Poster Due Wed., Apr. 22, 2020



Fairchild Challenge Archives

Fairchild Challenge Submissions (2017 - 2018)

2017-2018 Fairchild Challenge: Overall Winners

FIRST PLACE: Granville Middle School

SECOND PLACE: Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School

THIRD PLACE: Dowd Education Center of Homeless Families Foundation



Challenge #1 Green Cuisine: Healthy Snacks & Comfort Food

FIRST PLACE ENTRY: PIZZABy Sydney Folk and Sterling Bond, Granville Middle School

SECOND PLACE ENTRY: MUFFINSBy Marie Weiss and Sierra Sarver, Granville Middle School

THIRD PLACE ENTRY: BROWNIESBy Rhayan Gangwer & Hannah Hardin, Granville Middle School




Challenge #2 Visual Arts: Petals & Pollinators

FIRST PLACE ENTRY | By Roger Ntirampeba, Columbus North International School

SECOND PLACE ENTRY | By Linda Ennin-Sampson, Columbus North International School

THIRD PLACE ENTRY (TIE) | By Katherine Diaz & Kesanet Gebremarium, Horizon Science Academy High School

THIRD PLACE ENTRY (TIE) | By Alyssa Ziegler & Fatoumata Sissoko




Challenge #3 Green Treasures: A Living History

FIRST PLACE ENTRY | By Megan Penn, Granville Middle School

SECOND PLACE ENTRY | By Marie Weis, Sophie Mitton-Fry, Sierra Sarver and Annika Washer, Granville Middle School




Challenge #4 Research/Video: Growing Beyond Earth

FIRST PLACE ENTRY | By Granville Middle School

FIRST PLACE ENTRY | By Granville Middle School

SECOND PLACE ENTRY |  By Dowd Education Center


THIRD PLACE ENTRY | By Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School

Fairchild Challenge Submissions (2016 - 2017)

Challenge #1 Green Cuisine: Many-Cultured Meals

FIRST PLACE ENTRY: CHILI DISH | By Cameron Canterbury, Reynoldsburg HS/Encore Academy




Challenge #2 Visual Arts: Traveling Plants

FIRST PLACE ENTRY | By Jai’Quanay Jefferson-Hayes, Columbus North International School

SECOND PLACE ENTRY | By  Sa’Mone Brickerson, Columbus North International School

THIRD PLACE ENTRY | By Ashok Biswa, Columbus North International School

HONORABLE MENTION | By Lamyia Dudley, Columbus North International School




Challenge #3  Waste Reduction: Styrofoam Drama

FIRST PLACE ENTRY | By Christine Gresham, Sierra Dillon, Reynoldsburg HS/Encore Academy

SECOND PLACE ENTRY | By Abby Charlton & Olivia Liberti, Granville Middle School


Videos coming soon!

Fairchild Challenge Submissions (2015 - 2016)

Challenge #1 Green Cuisine: Conservatory Cook-off

FIRST PLACE ENTRY: CHICKEN FAJITA SALAD | By Curtis Holman & Reina Watson, Reynoldsburg High School Encore Academy

SECOND PLACE ENTRY: PUMPKIN MUFFIN BALLS | By Suzanne & Martha Cibasu, Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School

CHALLENGE JUDGES | Christie Nohle, Franklin Park Conservatory / Ka Yeon Jeong, ScottsMiracle-Gro / Michael Wilkos, Columbus Foundation




Challenge #2 Global Challenge: Environmental Change

FIRST PLACE ENTRY: DYNOMITE | By Helen Prescod, Horizon Science Academy Columbus H.S.

SECOND PLACE ENTRY: MILKWEED MONARCH AND MONEY | By Sunkyung Jung, Gahanna Christian Academy




Challenge #3 Green Treasures: A Living History


SECOND PLACE ENTRY: DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE TREES… | By Awo Ali-Hashi, Horizon Science Academy

THIRD PLACE ENTRY: GREEN TREASURES | By Michael Sexton, Encore Academy




Challenge #4 Citizen Science: Be a Part of the Solution

Horizon Science Academy Entry

Encore Academy Entry


Videos coming soon!