Official Rules

(c) At the regional phase, there will be a People’s Choice Award. The public will be asked to select their favourite project ideas by voting on the Competition website www.sagicorvisionaries.com . These points will not contribute towards the final points.

(d) A National winner and two runners up will be announced at the end of each National Competition based on the three top scores. Each National winner will also be required to provide contact details for each Representative on the Regional Competition Agreement Form.

(e) In the event of a tie, the Competition Submission with the highest score under the Judging Criteria of “Relevance to Sustainable Participating Communities and Creativity/Innovation” shall be deemed to rank higher, followed by “Content & Knowledge of Project, and Project Plan & Design”, until all relevant ties are broken.

9.2 Regional Competition:

(a) Each winning Entrant from the national phase the Competition will submit a copy of the project proposal, photographs of the project model and three (3) slides for judging in the regional competition.  Each team will be make a three (3) minute presentation to a panel (the “Competition Judges”), via video conference.  The panel will evaluate Submissions using the same criteria used in the national competition. The Regional winner and Runners-up will be announced on the last night of the Ambassador Trip.

10. PRIZES

Prizes must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, assigned, substituted or redeemed for cash. Any unused portion of a Prize will be forfeited and has no cash value.

The Competition Entities reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if a prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded as advertised for any reason or if such award is impracticable or undesirable in the circumstances.

10.1 National Competition

(a) From each National Competition phase, USD$1,000 will be awarded to the schools placing within the top three positions. These prizes will be awarded as a cheque to the School of the winning Entrant. The National Winner and first runner up will each receive a computerised mobile science and technology centre and CXC approved science kits and/or other appropriate materials determined in collaboration with the Partner. Teammates of the National Winner team will each receive a GoPro camera and Samsung smart watch. The Team Supervisor of the National Winner will receive a Kindle Fire tablet. The second runner up will receive ten (10) CXC approved Science Kits. If the National winner and any runner up is the same Secondary/high school, the Competition Entities will decide on appropriate awards to avoid duplication. The Competition Entities will not replace any lost or stolen prizes.

(b) The Representative of the National winner from each Challenge Territory along with his/her Supervisor will also receive a prize of a 7-day (including travel days) trip to Florida for the Sagicor Visionaries STEM Ambassador Programme which may include active learning experiences at informal science centers like The Kennedy Space Centre and the Museum of Science and Innovation during the period of July 2016. Where a National winner is represented by a Team, only ONE member of the Team as designated by the National winner will be eligible to attend the Ambassador Excursion Programme. The Competition Entities may assist with the procurement of visas, however, the Representative of each winning National Entrant and his/her Supervisor is responsible for securing their own travel visas. Travel will be arranged by the Competition Entities after visas are secured.

(c) If for any reason the Representative of a National winner or in the case of a Team, the Team member identified cannot attend the Ambassador Excursion Programme, the Representative of the runner up and his/her Supervisor will be entitled to attend the Ambassador Excursion Programme.

(d) The winning National projects will be promoted across the participating countries, through the major media outlets.

(e) Challenge Shields will also be awarded for both the National and Regional phases of the Competition in the following specific categories:

  • Most Relevant to Sustainable Communities
  • Most Creative and Innovative
  • Best Plan and Project Design
  • Best Use of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
  • Best Presentation
  • Best Innovation

These challenge shields will be awarded to various Entrants during the National phase of the Competition and may be kept for a year. The names of the Representative(s) of these National Challenge Shield winners will be engraved on the shield along with the year won. Representative(s) of the National winners will also receive Recognition certificates.

10.2 Regional Competition

(a) All Representatives of National Winners whose Competition Entries participated in the Regional Competition will be considered Sagicor Visionaries Champions.

(b) From the Regional phase of the Competition, the winning Entrant will receive the first prize of US $5,000, the first runner up will receive the second prize of US $3,000, and the second runner up will receive the third prize of US $1,000. These prizes will be awarded as a cheque to the Principal of the winning Entrant.