On May 2nd students, their families and some amazing teachers joined The Dawes Arboretum staff in celebrating another year of STEAM learning and creativity through the Fairchild Challenge. To help students and teachers remember our theme this year- Every Drop of Water Counts– customized water bottles were distributed to all. After sharing pizza and desserts, the overall scores were announced and cash awards and certificates were presented to winning schools. We enjoyed a fun performance by the Heritage Middle School students and shared all the marvelous work submitted throughout the school year.
Four Licking County schools rose to join the Fairchild Challenge this school year. Overall points accrued and prize awarded are as follows:
|Total Scores by Challenge||2016-17||Overall Place||More than 700pts- FC Award metal||Cash Awards|
|Newark High School||278.33||278.33||1st.||$700|
|Watkins Middle School||739.99||250.75||125||1115.74||1st||yes||$700.00|
|Heritage Middle School||629.99||253.25||130||1013.24||2nd||yes||$350.00|
|Granville Middle School||346.66||346.66||3rd||$200.00|
CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!
A sincere thank you to our program sponsors for their generous support in this year’s challenges.
“Every drop of water counts, water counts, water counts.
Every drop of water counts, conserve it every way!” Imagine that catchy tune sung by exuberant middle school students then… played on band instruments! This was the finale of a short video submitted by Watkins Middle School, for the Fairchild Challenge due this month.
But they weren’t the only ones having fun teaching us to conserve water!
The Revolutionary Rappers, from Heritage Middle School, had some memorable lines in their submission as well. Picture this performance piece featuring a group of young female students with their ball caps…
“7 billion gallons of water wasted each day, right where you’re living in the U.S.A. …
TURN OFF THE FAUCETS, TURN OFF THE SINKS, TURN OFF ALL WATER, BEFORE YOU HAVE TO THINK”
Both schools had high marks from our judges for “Overall Impact”: memorable performance, passionate interpretation and profound message related to water conservation but we needed a clear winner and it was very close!
****Congratulations to our 1st place winners, the Revolutionary Rappers from Heritage MS, who edged out their competitor with 130 pts- just 5 more than Watkins M.S.’s 125 pts! ***
Thank you to the special teachers who recognize the need for STEAM activities for these talented (and ambitious) students. Great job!
**Save the Date- the Awards Celebration is scheduled for May 2nd here at Dawes!
Challenge 2- Art Design: River Round-Up Poster
Scroll over the pictures below to see their place in the most recent Fairchild Challenge competition. Raising awareness for river clean up in Licking County was the goal of this art design challenge. Two middle schools rose to the challenge and submitted some excellent work. Congratulations on earning points for your schools!
Plan now for 2016-17 final competition-Challenge 3: Performance-Every Drop Counts!
Celebrate International World Water Day! Student groups are invited to create an original mini-musical/skit expressing the importance of freshwater in their lives. Start planning now, performances will be shared with families and friends at our annual Awards Celebration. Challenge 3 due date: March 14, 2017
Judging on Nov. 16th was all fun and games as our volunteer judges evaluated entries from 55 local area students. Congratulations to all the schools that entered! Place holders or not, the student entries earned points towards their totals competing for cash prizes to be awarded in May.
For High School students,Challenge 1 was the creation of a school-wide water conservation awareness campaign, documenting the steps taken and the production of a tri-fold poster illustrating its implementation.
For Middle School students, Challenge 1 was the production of a board game that would creatively inform elementary school students about water conservation and the water cycle.
High School winner:
Newark High School’s “Water vs. Environment” won first place. It is their inaugural year, and we are so pleased to have them join the Fairchild Challenge competition.
Middle School winner:
Watkins Memorial MS, also in their inaugural year, was awarded first place for “What Goes Up Must Go Down”. Their engaging essay earned many positive comments!
Hello to another school year and to the exciting new challenges for your middle and high school students! Check out the links above for details on this school year’s competition.
Why participate in The Fairchild Challenge?
- Inspire students’ critical-thinking skills and civic engagement
- Win prizes and recognition for both student and school achievement
- Showcase your students’ abilities to local professionals serving as Fairchild Challenge judges
- Challenges address many ODE standards including: language arts, science, social studies, fine arts and mathematics
The Fairchild Challenge fosters interest in the environment by encouraging students to:
- Appreciate the beauty and value of nature,
- Develop critical-thinking skills,
- Understand the need for biodiversity and conservation,
- Tap community resources,
- Become actively engaged citizens and
- Recognize that individuals do indeed make a difference.
The Fairchild Challenge at The Dawes Arboretum wrapped up the school year with a wonderful night of fashion, food and fun at the annual Awards Celebration on May 3rd. Teachers, students and their families learned about the mission of the Challenge and shared in the excitement as they viewed this year’s entries and applauded prize winners.
Congratulations to all the schools who participated this year! Here are the point totals and our award winners:
|Total Scores by Challenge
|More than 600pts- FC Award Winner||Cash Awards||Rain Barrel Winners|
|Licking Valley MS||204.99||316||277.99||355||1153.98||1st||FC Award metal||$500.00||*|
|Granville MS||92||373.3||98.33||197||760.63||2nd||FC Award metal||$300.00|
|Pickerington HS North||205.99||370||278.66||277.8||1132.45||1st||FC Award metal||$500.00|
We look forward to seeing each school back next year as we develop engaging new environmental challenges for some amazing students and teachers. A special thank you to our generous sponsors and volunteer judges. Have a great summer!
Fairchild Challenge Awards Celebration @ The Dawes Arboretum May 3, 2016
Place: The Dawes Arboretum
7770 Jacksontown Rd. SE | Newark, OH
Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Time: 6-6:45 open house, pizza and desserts
6:45-7:30 fashion show and awards ceremony
Highlights: “upcycle” fashion show; reveal of Challenge #4 winners; award
presentations to the top three scoring schools.
Submitted entries from all four challenges will be on display and ready for
pick up at the end of the evening.
All participating students and their families are welcome. Teachers, please
RSVP by April 30 with your school’s total attendance.
Fairchild Challenge coordinator : Nancy Gregory | email@example.com
Congratulations to our winners of the Global Challenge for 2015-16! There were some beautiful entries that were lots of fun for our judges to read. Good job by all!
1st place “The Jade Vine” with 98.33 points, Licking Valley Middle School
(won due to added story component)
2nd place “Garlic Mustard” with 98.33 points, Granville Middle School
3rd place “The Dastardly Plot of Glyphosate” with 90.66 points, Licking Valley Middle School
1st place “Lakeside Daisy” with 108.66 points, Pickerington High School North
2nd place “Howell’s Spectacular Thelypody” with 95 points, Pickerington High School North
3rd place “The Quiver Tree” with 87.33 points, Pickerington High School North
*****Get creative and upcycle those items you just can’t bear to throw away! Challenge 4 is all about the human impact of all that stuff. Don’t forget to enter our last challenge for the year due on April 8th.
We are looking forward to your entries to the Global Challenge due March 8th! Students will submit their research on a plant species that has undergone environmental changes, in response to human action, through a 5 panel comic strip. This is a great cross-disciplinary challenge to engage your whole student body. Remember, each school may submit a maximum of 3 entries for this challenge.
Here are some examples from a FC partner site- Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh!
Our winners will be sent to Miami, FL to compete with entries from all the Fairchild Challenge partner sites.