Challenge Criteria

Below is the criteria for scoring the projects. This written format builds on the previous information from your phase 1 abstract. It should be comprehensive and can include graphics, links, photos, and other media to enhance your project.

Please complete the following and submit by the posted deadline.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 20% of grade

1. Summary of your project ( 15 points ) Give a clear explanation of your project. Why did you choose it?

2. Understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (5 points)

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the SDGs and their importance.

  • Which SDG(s) does your project address and how?

TEAM DESCRIPTION 10% of grade

Use of Team-Building as part of the SDC preparation. Describe your team members; their contributions, special roles or talents and how you worked together.

How did you encourage a diverse team? Did anyone go beyond the scope of the project? i.e.: volunteering, plans to work with NGO after the Challenge?

NGO/CHARITY DESCRIPTION 10% of grade

The Role of your NGO. Which NGO/charity is your partner? How are they aligned with your goals and values? Demonstrate your knowledge of the work they do. How have you been an asset to them? Explain the nature of your team’s relationship with the NGO and explain how they have supported your project. What were some of the challenges? Were you able to address them and how?

MENTOR DESCRIPTION 10% of grade

Use of Mentors. Who are your mentors in this project and how did you meet them? Describe in detail, their role in supporting this project. Document your correspondence with them.

SOCIAL MEDIA or PROMOTION 10% of grade

Project Awareness. Did you use at least one social platform to bring awareness to the larger community about your project and cause? i.e.: social media, interviews by local media, information events in the school or community setting? Did it impact your project? Explain in detail.

GEOGRAPHIC & CULTURAL CONCERNS 10% of grade

Geographic Awareness of specific country or local/regional context & Cultural Sensitivity.

Demonstrate your understanding of the physical geography including climate, terrain and geographical logistics of the area as specific to your project.

Show that you are aware of the economic situation in your project area. How have you considered infrastructure or lack thereof?

How have differing belief systems been taken into account? What are the cultural mores that may be challenged or supported by your project?

Have you considered the political situation? Could possible volatility of the region or ‘political correctness’ affect the implementation of your project?

Demonstrate that the people helped by your project have been, and will be consulted.

SUSTAINABILITY CONCERNS 10% of grade

Explain how your project is economically sustainable. How will the project ‘live on’?

Show your consideration for the environmental impact and sustainability? Is the technology used appropriate for the cultural and economic context? Is there community buy-in? Would the locals consider this ‘your’ project or ‘theirs’?

Do they consider it being done ‘for’ them or ‘with’ them? Is the project based on their expressed needs or just your ideas?

Are locals involved and ready to carry on the project even if you leave?

FINANCIAL CONCERNS 20% of grade

1. Budgeting (10 points)

Give cost estimates for the project as specifically and accurately as possible.

Show how you will use the $5000 prize money efficiently to complete the project. If the projects expands and costs more than $5000, do you have a plan for raising additional funds?

2. Accountability (10 points)

Give realistic figures of the impact of the project (i.e. number of people you can help)

Create a timeline for the use of the funding.


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What’s Your # ? is the finale of the Challenge.

This is worth an additional 30 marks.

Each team has 10 minutes to present their project in a creative and effective manner to an audience of students, family and community members as well as a panel of judges.

The format for the presentation may include any artistic means of presentation that touches on each of the criteria areas in an inspiring way but with a minimum of a power point and verbal presentation.

Only videos produced and directed by the presenters may be used in the competition. This public presentation is worth 30 additional marks which, when combined with the abstract grade, will determine the Sustainable Development Challenge winner.

The top-scoring team will receive a school trophy and individual ribbons and their project charity will receive the $5000 to complete their project! Everyone is a winner because Sustainable Development Challenge participants make the world a better place!