The Fairchild Challenge at Knoxville Zoo accomplishes these goals through a standards based, interdisciplinary environmental education program provided at NO COST to the local high schools. The Fairchild Challenge at Knoxville Zoo is comprised of a series of point earning projects in which local high school students participate. Since it is designed as a competition, the overall goal is to accrue enough points to earn the Fairchild Challenge Award at the spring awards ceremony. The Challenges are outlined below.
Requirements: Must be a Knox County High School (public or private), or grades 9-12 of an organized homeschool cooperative.
Challenge One: ART - IUCN RED LIST SPECIES OF CONCERN
Students will closely examine the endangered animals on our planet. Students will select one endangered animal that is found on the IUCN Red List, and will create either a drawing or a sculpture of that animal. This animal artwork must highlight one of the animal's adaptations, and it must show the animal using that adaptation.
Challenge Two: CREATIVE WRITING - A BETTER WORLD FOR ANIMALS
Students will research what animals need to survive and the problems that are leading to the decline of some species. Students will then write a creative piece in one of the following categories.
First Person Narrative - Students will research an animal found on the IUCN Red List and write a first person creative piece describing a one-day (24 hour) period in the life of that animal.
Persuasive Speech - Students will imagine that they have been invited to speak in Washington D.C. for an Earth Day celebration. Students will write a persuasive speech that targets a specific audience (e.g. the President, policy makers, or peers) to make one change in their daily lives that would create "A Better World for Animals."
Challenge Three - PERFORMANCE - THE LAST OF MY SPECIES
Students will research one imperiled plant or animal and learn where the species lives, why its population is diminishing, and what is being done to protect the species. Students will then create and perform a performance piece that integrates their research and highlights the issues faced by the imperiled species.
The performance piece may be either an original family friendly skit OR an original family friendly song.
Challenge Four - TIGER FOREST EXHIBIT DESIGN
In this challenge, students will design an exhibit for Knoxville Zoo's critically endangered Malayan tigers. The exhibit design must include housing and daily needs for four tigers, provide suitable and safe viewing for the general public, and follow all Association of Zoo and Aquarium (AZA) exhibit guidelines for a tiger facility.
Challenge Five: SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL COMMUNITIES
Students will research a conservation issue (such as global warming, water quality, etc.) that is affecting their school community. In a scientific paper, students will demonstrate how the issue affects their school community, design a local conservation project related to the issue that creates a more sustainable school community, and determine the economic and ecological costs and benefits of their designed project.
Students will also determine who they need to convince (e.g. fellow students, principal, school council, etc.) to get their project running. Students will then create an eight to ten minute video presentation in which the student will attempt to convince the individual or organization to support their project.
To register your school for Fairchild Challenge at Knoxville Zoo 2013-14,
please fill out the Fairchild Challenge registration form before you
turn in your first challenge entries Fairchild Registration Form 13-14.pdf
. Please email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax it to 1-(866)-647-4871.
For Additional Information:
Please feel free to email email@example.com or call (865) 637-5331 x331.