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Title: Change-makers of Tomorrow

Due Date: February 18, 2022 by 5 p.m. 

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Your Challenge: When we think of conservation, we often imagine planting trees or picking up litter. However, conservation efforts can look very different depending on where someone lives! Pick a community or region of world and research how it is affected by an environmental conservation issue (light pollution, deforestation, etc.). What do conservation efforts look like in the area you are researching? Learn about how people in that region or community are working to mitigate the effects of that environmental issue. Your challenge is to create a presentation on a green career that can help solve conservation issues in that region of the world. Be sure to explain how that green career revitalizes our nature world and helps people too! Imagine that you are making this presentation for other students who may be interested in doing this job in the future. Include anything they might want to know about the green career, such as what day-to-day tasks look like, type of schooling needed, and important skills for doing this job. Present the information you gather on a poster or trifold board.

Phipps is hosting a virtual Green Careers Panel featuring 4 to 5 professionals in environmental and conservation related careers. We strongly encourage teachers and students to attend this panel to learn about different career options and paths. Come prepared with a few questions for our panelists. The panel is on Wednesday, January 12th (middle school recommended) and Thursday, January 13th (high school recommended) from 9:30 to 11:00am. Schools can register through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU).

Entry Requirements: Deliver to the science education coordinator at Phipps in person, via certified mail, or electronically via email if submitting a digital infographic only:

  • Challenge Entry Form
  • Include the school name and the participating students’ names.
  • Up to two trifold posters or infographics per school


  • Grade Six – Eight

    • 13.1.8.B Relate careers to personal interests, abilities and aptitudes.
    • 13.1.8.F Analyze the relationship of school subjects, extracurricular activities, and community experiences to career preparation.
    • 13.3.8.B Analyze the role of each participant’s contribution in a team setting
    • 4.3.7.B Explain the distribution and management of natural resources. Differentiate between resource uses: conservation, preservation, and exploitation
    • 4.5.6.D Identify reasons why organisms become threatened, endangered, and extinct.
    • 4.5.7.A Describe how the development of civilization affects the use of natural resources. Compare and contrast how people use natural resources in sustainable and non-sustainable ways throughout the world.
    • 4.5.7.C Explain how human actions affect the health of the environment. Identify residential and industrial sources of pollution and their effects on environmental health.
    • 4.5.8.C Describe how humans can reduce pollution.
    • CC.3.5.6-8.A Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
    • CC.3.5.6-8.B Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
    • CC.1.2.6.A Determine the central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
    • CC.1.2.6.G Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
    • CC.1.2.6.J Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
    • CC.1.2.7.B Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences, conclusions, and/or generalizations drawn from the text.

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