Fairchild Challenge at Phipps: Optional Video Challenge
Mar 07

Fairchild Challenge at Phipps: Optional Video Challenge

By Emily Nye, High School Program Coordinator

Optional Video Challenge: "Environmental Citizens"

In this second-to-last Fairchild Challenge at Phipps, we are encouraging students to be informed citizens — “Environmental Citizens.” As eco-stewards, you’re tasked with creating a public service announcement to raise awareness about either a proposed environmental law or an attempt to change an existing environmental law (federal, state or local). How will these changes affect humans and the environment? What can we do to take action for or against these law changes? Youth are a part of a movement that is charting the course of our green future. We want you to voice your concerns today! Participate in the next Fairchild Challenge at Phipps; entries will be considered for the Patti Burns Prize for Excellence in Communication and Media ($500)!

Schools are encouraged to submit up to two entries for the optional challenge. Individual students should not contribute to more than one video.

Entry Requirements:

  • Create a video* that answers these questions:
    • What is the proposed environmental law or what is the proposed law change?
    • How will this law change or addition affect humans and the environment?
    • Why should we care?
    • What can we do to support or oppose this law change or addition?
  • Video must be no more than 3 minutes in length.
  • Video should be submitted on a flash drive or uploaded and accessible on YouTube. 
  • Video must be accompanied by a Challenge entry form.

Middle and high school challenge entries are due at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens by Fri., March 23.

You can find everything you need for the optional video challenge, including specific requirements, posters, standards and rubrics, on our website. Good luck!

Have questions? Contact Emily Nye at enye@phipps.conservatory.org or 412/622-6915, ext. 3905.

Developed by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Fl., and adopted by Phipps as a satellite partner in 2008, The Fairchild Challenge offers a menu of interdisciplinary challenges for grades 6 – 8 and 9 – 12, attracting students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds. The Challenge empowers young people to engage in civic life and encourages them to become energetic and knowledgeable members of their communities.