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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.

NEW THIS YEAR: The Art of Sustainable Science is going virtual in 2021! All projects must be submitted virtually using videos and/or photographs, and there will be no in-person events. All participants will receive two (2) daytime admission tickets for a future visit to the Garden.

Registration Deadline: February 19 at 5:00 p.m.
Project Submission Deadline: March 1 at 5:00 p.m.

To learn more, download the brochure, or check out the registration and participation details below.

How to Register

To register to participate, each student (or an adult representing the student) must submit the following information via email to education@hsvbg.org:
Student name
Student age and grade
Parent/guardian or teacher name
Name of school or homeschool organization
Contact email or phone number
A description of the project (250 words maximum) that includes the project category and how the project represents sustainability or conservation

Once your registration is processed, you will receive confirmation of your registration, a list of questions, and submission instructions via email.

Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on February 19.

How to Participate

Working individually or in a team, students must create a project that represents sustainability or conservation in one of the following categories: Energy and Resources, Environmental Conservation, Plant Science, or Natural Wonders. Students then submit a visual representation of their project using videos and/or photographs.

Video Submission Requirements:
Video project submissions must be submitted via Flipgrid, a free app that is accessible from any device. Instructions for using Flipgrid are available here.
Video must be 5-10 minutes in length.
Video must include a description of the creation process of the project and visuals of the project itself.
Students must also answer a set of questions about their project for the judges.

Photo Submission Requirements:
Photo project submissions should be emailed to education@hsvbg.org.
Submission can include up to 10 photos of the project from various angles.
Photos must be accompanied by a written description of the creation process of the project.
Students must also answer a set of questions about their project for the judges.

All students will be asked to answer the following questions about their project:
What are you trying to demonstrate with your project?
How does your projects 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 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?

Projects and answers to the questions are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 1.

Judging and Prizes

Projects will be separated by category and grade level. There are two grade level groups: K-5 and 6-12.

Judges will evaluate projects based on the following criteria: Visual Appeal, Applicability to Project Category, Creativity, Student Enthusiasm and Engagement

Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category and grade level group. Winners will also receive a certificate and a souvenir item.

All winners will be announced virtually on March 6 at 10:00 a.m, and prizes must be picked up at the Garden between March 8 and March 12.

Prizes have been generously provided by the Solid Waste Disposal Authority of the City of Huntsville.


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