Global Challenge Evaluation Criteria

Teams will be evaluated on the creativity of the product, the quality of the business plan, the depth of understanding of the underlying physics and math, their understanding of the dynamics of global climate change, their understanding of the supply, financial and governmental issues facing their solution, the quality of their collaboration with international students, and the quality and creativity of their presentation. 

Top performing teams undertake a small amount of work each week, which adds up to a major collaboration project - the business plan - by the end of the competition. The more business plan "challenges" that the team completes, the higher their score and the more competitive their final product.

Teams can earn extra points by completing self-directed STEM Explorations that are found in the yearly calendar. The goal of the STEM Explorations is to provide team members with opportunities to deepen their understanding of STEM issues associated with their global warming solution and provide team collaboration opportunities. While team members are encouraged to choose topics that relate to their final business solution, they are free to choose any exploration that interests them. Teams may complete as many STEM Explorations in a given STEM Exploration week as they desire.

Teams submit a final business plan and all work associated with the STEM Explorations by April 30 in a private on-line work space. Judges then score each section of the plan and the STEM Explorations using scoring rubrics that the teams have used all along to help guide their efforts. Teams get extra points for team diversity, evidence of global teamwork, and "wow" ideas and presentation.

See the Business Plan (BP) Rubric

See the STEM Exploration (SE) Rubric