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Welcome to the high school challenge page for Challenge 6 of the Fairchild Challenge! Read below to find challenge information, entry requirements, resources and more for the challenge.

Challenge 6

Title: Choose Your Own Eco-Action Adventure!

Due Date: Fri., May 6, 2022 by 5 p.m.

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Have you ever wanted to lead a project to help nature around you, but you’re not sure where to start? People around the globe are making efforts to help the environment in many ways, from little projects like picking up litter to big project like planting monarch waystations through the country!

The most successful projects start with a plan of action to help groups organize their needs, tasks and goals. Your challenge is to create a plan of action for an environmental action project to help your school or community. Pick a project that you are really passionate about! Remember that environmental issues and solutions can connect to almost anything you enjoy! In the past we’ve seen plans for monitoring the electricity you use, stray cat adoption events, basketball game fundraisers for environmental causes, pollinator and rain gardens, recycling events for hard-to-recycle items, making art from collected litter, and even more creative plans! The more excited you are to do this project, the more likely it will be to succeed!

For your plan of action, you will submit a step-by-step guide for planning your environmental project. This guide should include: your project idea, goals you aim to achieve, a checklist of all of the resources you’ll need, a timeline for completing tasks, relevant sketches or photos, and information about how you will engage other people. If this is a project you have done before, you should also describe the previous project and the specific ways you will expand upon it for this challenge. Remember that researching and problem-solving should be done by the students. Students are encouraged to talk to adults in decision making positions, but the students should create the final project or product on their own. We would love to hear about your results, especially if you have completed your projects by the time of submission!

Entry Requirements: Deliver to the science education coordinator at Phipps in person or via certified mail or electronic submission via email to

  • Challenge Entry Form, include the school name and the participating students’ names
  • Step-by-step guide for planning your environmental project including: your project idea, goals you aim to achieve, a checklist of all of the resources you’ll need, a timeline for completing tasks, relevant sketches or photos, and information about how you will engage other people

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The Fairchild Challenge c/o Jennifer Torrance
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Grades Nine – Twelve

    • CC.3.5.11-12.G Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
    • CC.3.5.11-12.I Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.
    • CC.3.6.9-10.B Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes […]
    • CC.3.6.11-12.C Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    • CC.1.4.9-10.B Write with a sharp distinct focus identifying topic, task, and audience.
    • CC.1.4.9-10.F Demonstrate a grade-appropriate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
    • 15.3.12.I Synthesize information gathered from multiple sources (e.g., digital, print, face to face).
    • 15.2.12.O Formulate and demonstrate strategies for working with diverse populations.
    • 15.2.12.P Evaluate conflicts within the workplace and demonstrate procedures to acquire a positive resolution.
    • 15.3.12.P Demonstrate leadership communication skills through delegating, negotiating, goal setting, and generating ideas.
    • 15.4.12.A Apply the creative and productive use of emerging technologies for educational and personal success.

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