The Fairchild Challenge is our award-winning, interdisciplinary, environmental science competition designed to engage students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds to explore the natural world. The program has been recognized as a benchmark for exceptional STEM education and for empowering PreK – 12th grade students to become the next generation of scientists, researchers, educated voters, policy makers, and environmentally-minded citizens. Schools can participate in any number of the annual Challenges to accrue points throughout the year. Winning entries will receive awards and prizes.

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the 2019-2020 Fairchild Challenge!

Final score sheets were emailed on Friday, May 22. If you are a registered teacher and did not receive your school's score sheet please let us know. Although we were unable to host the 18th annual Fairchild Challenge Awards Ceremony, you may view the elementary school, middle school, and high school presentations here. 

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Fairchild Challenge Team are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and are making informed decisions on how to proceed as things progress. We will be sending newsletters with the status of due dates, material return, and garden wide procedures as more information becomes available. If you are not registered to receive our newsletter please do so by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. The Fairchild Challenge Team is continuing to work remotely and can be contacted via email. Should you have any specific questions please email:,, or

Visit our websites below for specific information for the Elementary, Middle, and High School Challenges.

Elementary School Website

Middle School Website

High School Website


Fairchild's Collaboration with NASA through the Growing Beyond Earth Project - View Video here

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