Challenge #1 deadline: Oct. 24th

MC900433804How will the teens and tweens survive 24 hours without their phones (among other things)?  We can’t wait to find out when the entries roll in on Friday, October 24th.  The deadline is 5 p.m.  However, since we like to be flexible and do not like to cause undue stress, we will accept any entries postmarked by this 5 p.m. deadline, as well.

Rubric for Challenge #1 is posted!

Challenge #1 rubrics are now posted.   See: Challenges in Depth, Challenge #1 under “Additional information.”   In fact we will be posting the rubrics for each of the challenges here on the blog.    This is still a work in progress, but all the rubrics will be posted in plenty of time for you to use them to your benefit.   Thanks, teachers, for the great idea!

Middle Schools on the Radio!!

For the 4th year running, the Saturday Light Brigade radio show will feature interviews with Fairchild Challenge at Phipps middle school winners.

On the air since 1978,  The Saturday Light Brigade is a Saturday morning public radio program that blends acoustic music with  live performances by youth and adults, participatory puzzles, on-air telephone calls, and interviews with other community-based nonprofits serving youth and families.

In regards to the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps, SLB  host, Larry Berger, will interview the  top placing winners of each of the middle school  challenges  live on the air during the “Youth Expression Showcase” segment of the show.  (The interviews are also archived at Throughout the school year, the young winners will have a chance to discuss their achievements and the environmental issues that they have been exploring through the Fairchild Challenge.  It’s a phenomenal opportunity for your students’ voices to be heard, literally, around the region and beyond.

Register for the Fairchild Challenge- it’s easy and free!

LetterThank you, thank you, and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to take a look at the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps blog.  If you’ve gotten this far, then you are most definitely the kind of teacher who, both, cares about the environment and goes the extra mile for your students. Congratulations! You’ve come to the right place! Now, all you have to do is register to participate.  It’s as easy as printing out and filling out our form [download here] and putting it in the mail or sending us a scanned copy.  Then, you’re registered for the year.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions: Kate Borger at or 412/622-6915, ext. 3905.

Welcome Back! The 2014-2015 Challenges are Posted!

We hope you are coming back to school refreshed and rejuvenated from a wonderful summer!  Thanks so much for checking in with the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps which we hope will continue to inspire and invigorate you throughout the coming year.  This blog will provide you with all the information your school needs to participate in this environmental education program and competition.   You’ll find a registration form under the “Getting Started: Forms” category to your right.  Remember: participation in the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps is absolutely free, you can win cash for your school, and every participating student receives a pair of passes to Phipps Conservatory!

You can read all about this year’s exciting, project-based “challenges” by clicking on the appropriate links on the sidebar to your right.  And please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions: or 412/622-6915, x 3905.

We’re looking forward to working with you for the benefit of your students and the planet!