The science competition, called Growsmart Scientist, will consist of teams of three learners from the participating Growsmart schools. They cannot compete in any other Growsmart competition during that year, nor may they have competed in any previous Growsmart competitions.
The objective of the competition is for teams to identify a problem and present their scientific solution. Each of the teams will submit a unique science project.
Each school may select three learners from the pool of learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6. Only one team per school allowed and they must be supervised by a mentor.
To prepare for the competition, each team will receive:
1. A journal for scribbling, writing down ideas, notes, reasoning and planning the project.
2. A project display board.
Mentors can guide, help and get involved. They can assist with gathering materials, supervise the project/experiment and even help build the display board and/or model. But they can't help during the judging process. Teams will be judged on their display board and/or model, as well as their oral presentation. The oral presentation must be limited to 10 minutes at the most - five minutes for speaking about the project and the rest for the judges to ask questions. All decisions made by the judges are final.
All projects will be judged according to criteria set by the WCED, based on the CAPS policy document for the Intermediate Phase.