Contest Rules

In addition to these rules, take a look at our "Questions & Answers" page.


TEAM FORMATION

  1. Teams will be composed of students who are in high school (or studying at a high school level in a home school environment) during their participation in the Global Challenge.
  2. Students will initially form a Country Team with another student from their country. Each Country Team will identify and register an adult member who will agree to support the team as needed to complete the competition. The adult does not have to have expertise in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and can be a parent, friend, or teacher. Students who are unable to find a student partner or adult team member will not be prevented from participating in the competition. These individuals should contact Sally O'Rourke for direction.
  3. Each Country Team will be partnered with another Country Team to form an International Team of four high school students and two adult members. Formation of Country and International Teams is facilitated through the GlobeNet online registration system.
  4. Each International Team will be automatically assigned a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Mentor who will be available to support the team throughout the competition via internet telecommunications. The STEM Mentor will help keep teams on track, assist teams in STEM understanding and respond to questions about the program structure.

TEAM COMPETITIONS

  1. Each International Team Member is responsible for his/her own conduct and must live by the Terms of Agreement and the Code of Conduct.
  2. The Global Challenge Team Competitions are offered at two levels: the Technical Innovation Plan Competition and the Global Business Plan Competition. International Teams may participate in either of these competitions, described below.
  3. Each International Team's main technology concept must be registered in the Global Challenge Patent Office by February 1.
  4. Each International Team must complete all work associated with the competition by April 30.
  5. International Teams are eligible for prizes in two ways: Points & Prizes System and Scholarship Awards. Further information is provided under the Awards & Prizes section of the Contest Rules.
  6. International Teams identified as semi-finalists for the Scholarship Awards in each of the two competition tracks will be asked to prepare and present a tele-presentation between May 1 and May 30.

TECHNICAL INNOVATION PLAN COMPETITION

  1. The Technical Innovation Plan Competition requires teams to collaborate on a solution to the global warming problem or address some aspect of the future of global energy use (e.g. a solar powered car, energy efficient refrigerator, etc.). Students will prepare a document guided by the TI Rubric that explains their idea, describes the underlying physics, environmental science, technology and math that make their product or process work and show how their idea reduces the generation of greenhouse gases.
  2. Teams may use any resource they choose (e.g. books, experts, teachers, the Internet, software, Global Resources). In their final document, they must cite every resource used and how they were used. 
  3. Every member of the team is introduced to the big ideas in The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. The team should be aware of and use these concepts in the development of their solution idea.
  4. Points for this competition are earned by external panel review of the final team product - the Technical Innovation Plan - scored with the TI Rubric, plus the total number of individual points earned divided by the number of student team members.

GLOBAL BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

  1. The Global Business Plan Competition is an extension of the Technical Innovation Plan Competition in that it requires teams to develop a complete business plan guided by the BP Rubric regarding their technical innovation in order for their idea to be adopted globally. In addition to the description of the solution idea required in the Technical Innovation Competition, the business plan also includes a discussion of the proposed solution relative to its impact on the relevant manufacturing/service industry, market conditions, manufacturing and operations, and financial and political feasibility.
  2. Teams may use any resource they choose (e.g. books, experts, teachers, the Internet, software, Global Resources). In the plan, they must cite every resource used and how they were used. 
  3. 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.
  4. Points for this competition are earned by external panel review of the final team product - the Global Business Plan - scored with the BP Rubric, plus the total number of individual points earned divided by the number of student team members.

POINTS, PRIZES AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Points & Prizes

  1. Individual team members will be awarded points by completing Global Challenge tasks in accordance with the Points & Prizes System pages.  Please note that points can be awarded for both  team and individual efforts. 
  2. In order to receive points, evidence must be provided to the STEM Mentor via postings in the eFolio of having completed a Global Challenge task. All points as described in the Points & Prizes System will be deposited into Individual Point Banks by the STEM Mentor.  
  3. Team members may redeem points for any of the prizes after June 1.

Scholarship Awards

  1. Scholarship Awards will be given to individual team members for the Best Technical Innovation Plan under the Technical Innovation Plan Competition and Best Global Business Plan under the Global Business Plan Competition.
  2. The Technical Innovation Plan and Global Business Plan final projects will be judged based on final submissions posted in the eFolio in accordance with the TI Rubric or BP Rubric, depending on the submission.  Final judging will also take into account the number of points accumulated by each team in the Points & Prizes System.
  3. Judging will take place between May 1 and May 30, with final results announced on June 1.
  4. An outside panel of STEM and business professionals will assist in the judging process.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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.