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Top 10 finalists for Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Competition 2012/2013

The results are in for 2012/2013’s Global Competition! We received 38 entries in total from both middle schools and high schools. Students tackled a diverse range topics relating to plants and water - from irrigation, to mangrove ecosystems, from water conservation in the home, to global water use and the role plants play in the water cycle.

It was a tough job to judge but we have whittled it down to the following Top Ten finalists! (In no particular order)

Click on the quotes below to view pdfs of the entire interview write-up for each school:

 

  AT Mourning video
AT Mourning
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden



Click the image above to watch the video by AT Mourning!
 Columbus Mater Academy
Columbus
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden



Mater Academy
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden



 Miami Carol City Senior High School Miami Palmetto Senior High School
Miami Carol City Senior High School
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden



Miami Palmetto Senior High School
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden



 Redland Middle School The Cushman School
Redland Middle School
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden



The Cushman School
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden



 South Plantation High SchoolSouth Plantation High School video
South Plantation High School
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden



Click the image above to watch the video by
South Plantation High School!
 Vasil Aprilov Westland Hialeah Senior High School
Vasil Aprilov
Sofia Botanic garden



Westland Hialeah Senior High School
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden



 

Click here to see the winner!

Click here to view the Top Five

Competition Details:

The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Competition 2012/2013 was inspired by the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. It encouraged students to explore, via interviews, what their local community know about the relationship between plants and water.

The Challenge:

Students were asked to:

  • Think of 3 questions relating to the theme of plants and water.
  • Interview at least 10 people from their community (e.g friends, family, neighbours or teachers).
  • Document their responses in video, audio, or written format.
  • Write a 500 words review examining any misconceptions people might have regarding plants and water
  • Propose some ideas on how to address these misconceptions.

Judging:

Entries were marked on the following criteria:

  1. The creativity of the questions and responses   
    For example - Do they offer new ways of looking at the relationship between plants and water?
  2. (If using audio or video) How engaged were the interviewees by the topics covered?
  3. The quality of ideas for challenging or addressing any misconceptions they discovered?

 

 


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