More than 15 organizations from all over the world were represented at the reception for the Fairchild Challenge Partner Summit, which took place on Wednesday, Mar. 26, at Fairchild Garden in Coral Gables.
The reception began the Partner Summit, which brings new and current partners of the Fairchild Challenge together to exchange expertise and learn new approaches to maintain successful programs. The two-day workshop included sessions such as Developing a Global Challenge, Successful Grant Writing, Developing an Exchange Program for Students and The Challenge of the Challenge.
The two-day workshop is made possible by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is a follow up to last year’s training sessions. The Fairchild Challenge is Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s award-winning multidisciplinary STEM education competition, now in its 12th year. It reaches 130,000 students in South Florida at more than 260 schools from pre-K to 12.
The Fairchild Challenge includes a cross-curriculum science initiative and comprehensive environmental training pipeline, including the nationwide STEM directive — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Extending from early childhood through advanced graduate education, its goals are aimed at recruiting future science leaders and training a new generation of professionals in environmental science.