Teachers, administrators, students and parents are all invited to help us celebrate the achievements of the Fairchild Challenge participants. More than 1800 area students became more aware of their environment and discovered sustainable solutions to environmental issues through a year of challenges. Come help us celebrate!! (And please don’t forget to RSVP before May 20.)
Fairchild Challenge high school students found that you can really produce meaningful works of art by combining found objects with natural materials that usually go unnoticed. Look on the ground – find a twig or some moss, throw in a couple of pop cans or bottle tops and some paper and let the inspiration overtake you. That’s what happened for those who entered Challenge #7. This amazing little owl took 1st Place, and here’s a list of all the winners:
1st Place: Doryan Ward, Highlands High School
2nd Place: Megan-Rose Brittner, Shaler Area High School
3rd Place : Bekah Kellner, Angela Klinger and Alex Grumski, North Allegheny Senior High School
Honorable Mention:Jerry Brown, Gateway Senior High School
From promoting recycling and energy conservation in every classroom to educating younger children and peers about plants and environmental issues, middle schoolers became productive activists over the course of the school year. The many projects devised and implemented by Fairchild Challenge participants were documented in the final middle school challenge, Environmental Action. Every project was valuable and inspiring, so congratulations to all! Here are the winners of Challenge #6:
1st Place: Shaffer Elementary 6th Grade
2ndPlace: Shaler Area Middle School
3rdPlace : Woodland Hills Academy
Carson Middle School
Keystone Oaks Middle School
Marshall Middle School
Tune into the Saturday Light Brigade on May 10th at 10:35 a.m. to hear details from the winners at 88.3 fm or slbradio.org.
We received beautiful and meaningul artwork in response to Challenge #4B- Biophilic Art when we asked high school students to make visual the essence of “biophilia.” Here at Phipps Conservatory we were so impressed that we had the entries framed, and they are now on display in our Green Gallery space in one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (our new building just behind the Conservatory). Thanks to all the student artists for loaning us their work for the public to admire!
High School students: It’s the final challenge of the year! We saved the most fun and creative challenge for last. We’ve invited each Fairchild Challenge school to submit two sculptures that reflect something in the natural world. The catch is the materials you choose. We challenge you to make your sculpture from a mixture of natural materials that you find outside and plain old trash (recyclables, resusables, and things generally thought of as garbage). For all the requirements, see HS Challenges in Depth, Challenge #7.
By the way, the due date for this challenge has been moved to Wednesday, May 7th – to give you an extra weekend to create your work of art!
Growing food for those in need, recycling, composting, creating green spaces – these were among the beneficial projects that competing schools took on for Challenge #6. Congratulations to all of you for becoming environmental educators and responsible citizens. Here are the winners of the HS Environmental Action Challenge:
1st Place: Shaler Area High School
2nd Place: Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy