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The Art of Sustainable Science


The Art of Sustainable Science is an annual event that celebrates sustainability through a union of art and science. Students in grades K-12 are invited to create an art project or a science fair-style project that demonstrates a message of sustainability or conservation. Judges from local organizations then score the projects, and prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

It is FREE to participate, and registration is open to all public, private, and homeschool students in grades K-12. Students are welcome to work individually or in a team. Projects can be science fair-style or art-based. 

This year, we are excited to offer a hybrid event to allow for both virtual and in-person participation. It is still free to participate for all K-12 students and includes cash prizes generously provided by the Solid Waste Disposal Authority of Huntsville.

PLEASE NOTE: PROJECTS MAY BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY OR DISPLAYED AT THE IN-PERSON EVENT ON MARCH 5, 2022.

Virtual projects must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, February 28, 2022, to qualify for scoring and cash prizes.

In-person participants will be scored during the event at the Garden on March 5, 2022.

Important dates to know for 2022:

February 21
by 5:00 p.m.
Project Registration Due
February 28 Virtual Project Submission Deadline through FlipGrid
March 1 – 4 Project scoring for virtual submissions
March 5 Project scoring for in-person submissions
March 5  
9:00 a.m. –
1:00 p.m.
In-Person Event/Winner Announcements
March 7 – 11 
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Packet and Certificate Pickup at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
March 28 Prize checks mailed to winning projects

Categories for 2022:
Environmental Conservation
• Grades K – 5
• Grades 6 – 12
Plant Science
• Grades K – 5
• Grades 6 – 12

The following questions will need to be answered for scoring purposes.

  • What are you trying to demonstrate with your project?
  • How does your project relate to sustainability and/or conservation?
  • What are some real-world applications of your project?  What environmentally related career would use the information you discovered with your project?
  • If you could change your project/experiment to make it more sustainable to create or conduct, how would you do so?
  • What inspired you to research your topic?
  • What was your favorite part of working on your project?

To submit a project proposal:

Please send
the following information to education@hsvbg.org:

  • Student name
  • Parent/guardian or teacher name
  • Student age and grade
  • Name of school or homeschool organization
  • A 250-word or less description of their project including the name of the category and how it represents sustainability or conservation
  • Contact email
  • Contact phone number

Approval for projects will be sent via email within 2 days of receipt.

Virtual Submission
Information:

How to submit a video of your
project

Link for FlipGrid
instructions

  • Video submission must meet the following requirements:
    • Length: between 5 and 10 minutes
    • Including the following elements:
      • Description of the design and creation process of the project
      • Visuals of the project
      • Answers to the provided questions

 How to submit photos of
your project:

If you are unable to submit a
video, you may take photos of your project instead.

  • Photograph submissions must meet the following requirements:
    • Up to 10 photos of the project from various angles so that all elements of the project are clearly visible (jpeg format or in a pdf file)
    • Photograph of the student with the project (optional)
    • Written description of the design and creation process of the project
    • Answers to the provided questions
    • Submitted via email to education@hsvbg.org

If you have any issues with submitting your project, please contact education@hsvbg.org or 256-830-4447 ext. 253 as soon as possible.

Prizes and scoring: 

  • Cash prizes provided for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each grade level category
    • For scoring purposes, all categories will be separated into grades K – 5 and grades 6 – 12 and by virtual and in-person projects
  • Each winner will receive a certificate and a souvenir item
  • Certificates and souvenir items must be picked up by the participants or supporting teacher between March 7 – 11 during regular Garden hours
  • Final projects for virtual submissions will be due no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, February 28, 2022, to qualify for scoring
  • All winners will be announced on March 5, 2022, at the in-person event.

Congratulations to our 2021 Art of Sustainable Science winners!

Environmental Conservation

K-5 Art

  • 1st Place: Lucas M Wiswesser
  • 2nd Place: Haidyn Watson
  • 3rd Place: Lily Engelmann

6-12 Art

  • 1st Place: Kaylee Foster
  • 2nd Place: Lillian Mikell
  • 3rd Place: Alisha Cartwright

K-5 Science

  • 1st Place: Brian Nicolas-Martinez, Elias Mills
  • 2nd Place: Wylie Savage
  • 3rd Place: Miracle Yarber

6-12 Science

  • 1st Place: Jordan Jennings
  • 2nd Place: Ashwin Prabhakar

Energy & Resources

K-5 Art

  • 1st Place: Cindy and Henry Chen
  • 2nd Place: Zikora Dunu
  • 3rd Place: Savannah Gray

6-12 Art

  • 1st Place: Yahmad Collins
  • 2nd Place: Envy Alston, Zoey Morris
  • 3rd Place: Envy Alston

K-5 Science

  • 1st Place: Nikolai Lambert
  • 2nd Place: Nikita Prabhakar
  • 3rd Place: Jasmine Phillippi, Jori Mitchell, Finnian Gower

6-12 Science

  • 1st Place: Eli Carter
  • 2nd Place: Javon Jennings

Natural Wonders

K-5 Art

  • 1st Place: Nikesh Bhatt, Hugo Davis, Evelyn Qualls
  • 2nd Place: Lydia Roy
  • 3rd Place: Adam Delaine

6-12 Art

  • 1st Place: Emma Tourville
  • 2nd Place: Joshua Macri
  • 3rd Place: Augusta Davis

K-5th Science

  • 1st Place: Naima Souffrant
  • 2nd Place: D’Mari Gadson

6-12 Science

  • 1st Place: Makaila Jennings
  • 2nd Place: Adella Jackson

Plant Science

K-5 Art

  • 1st Place: Jon Macri
  • 2nd Place: Sophia Pedoto
  • 3rd Place: Annaly Calderon Jaimes

K-5 Science

  • 1st Place: Nabila Anne Orman
  • 2nd Place: Marshall Parr, Levi Lambert
  • 3rd Place: Qloe Foster

6-12 Science

  • 1st Place: Roxie Foster

Family Membership Winner

  • Kylie Harden


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