Each team registered for The Global Challenge must complete the steps outlined below.
- Students electing to participate will work in teams of their own choosing, comprised of four students aged 14 to 17.
- Each team must have two students from India, China, Korea or another country and two students from the US. Teams should strive for diversity in gender, race and cultural heritage. A score from 0 to 4 is given for a well balanced team with 2 males, 2 females and 2 or more countries.
- Each team must find at least one adult mentor from each country to help support their efforts.
- The combined international teams will have from September to April to collaborate in the creation of a scientifically sound business plan. Teams may also be identified between May 1 and May 30 for additional work on a presentation as semifinalists.
- The business plan will outline the development a product that contributes to solving some aspect of global climate change and the energy future (e.g. a solar powered car, energy efficient refrigerator, etc.)
- The plan must describe a manufacturing process and a global supply chain that uses at least 3 countries. Teams must explain what aspect of their product each country will make, and why they have chosen each country.
- Teams must describe the underlying physics, environmental science, and math that make their product work and how it reduces the generation of greenhouse gases.
- Teams must describe the supply chain, financial, social and governmental issues that must be addressed for their product to be adopted globally.
- Teams may use any resource they choose. In the plan, they must cite every resource used and how they were used.
- Every member of the team is introduced to the big ideas in The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. The team discusses and applies its concepts within the context of the business plan.
- Teams will submit a written business plan on April 30, which is scored using the BP Rubric and Global Challenge Evaluation Criteria. Top teams may then be asked to make a formal presentation to The Global Challenge Award Committee some time in May.
- Extra points are earned for completing team challenges called "STEM Explorations" connected to the team's solution. STEM Explorations are self-directed learning units with three levels of completion (BASIC - 1 point, GOING BEYOND - 2 points; and GOING CRAZY - 3 points) that are found in the yearly calendar. Work products associated with the STEM Explorations are scored according to the SE Rubric and Global Challenge Evaluation Criteria.
- Any idea, product, service, or other thing of value (the "Idea") developed through participation in the Global Challenge shall become the property of the team creating the Idea and the Global Challenge, Inc. The team creating the Idea shall own 70% of the idea and the Global Challenge, Inc. shall own 30% of the idea. Any value flowing to the Global Challenge, Inc. through its ownership of an Idea incubated through the Global Challenge shall be used solely for the furtherance and sustainability of the Global Challenge.
- Awards will be announced on June 1. The Award will be a scholarship to each team member for their college education. In addition, all participating teams that submit a final product will be recognized with certificates and letters of acknowledgement of success.