At the end of September the Imagine School Competition starts with a Kick-Off meeting. All students and interested teachers are hereby present. On this day students are informed about all the ins and outs of the Imagine School Competition, such as the course of the competition and do's and don'ts when writing the report. After the Kick-Off, the students receive the student manual via email, which explains every detail about the competition.
At the beginning of September, students are informed about their project. They also receive the contact information of their scientist(s) at this time. Thereafter, the students can contact the scientist in order to set a date for the meet & greet in September/October. During the meet & greet the students and the scientist(s) meet each other and the scientist(s) elaborates more about the project. After the meet & greet, the students have enough information to start working on the project independently.
In October/November the students carry out a practicum, under supervision of the scientist(s). In this practicum they experiment with (part of) the technology. The scientist often thinks of the practicum, but there are plenty of possibilities for creative students to do their own experiments. The sort of test and the duration (1 or 2 days) depend on the project. The date(s) of the practicum are set in collaboration with the scientist(s).
In November IMAGINE organizes a workshop Sustainable Entrepreneurship for the students. During this workshop the students learn how to write a business plan, what sustainable entrepreneurship is and what exactly developing countries are. They also learn how to deal with cultural differences in these countries.
During this workshop topics as sustainable development, social issues and entrepreneurship in a developing country are addressed. The workshop exists of a few informative lectures in the morning, to give the students the necessary information, and a brainstorm session about their own project in the afternoon. During the brainstorm session the workshop leaders can be addressed for any questions. The theoretical knowledge from the morning sessions is directly applicable during the afternoon sessions. At the end of the day, the students go home with a concrete plan for their project.
This workshop is facilitated by Enyini.
After the workshop the students work and finish their reports independently. Of course they can send emails with questions if necessary. For questions about the competition they can email the project leader and for questions about the technology they can email their scientist(s). The deadline is the first Monday of February before 12.00. Students hand their reports in digitally to IMAGINE (in pdf and Word); this is immediately the final version. An external reading committee judges the reports. The best six projects go to the final.
In order to fully prepare the students to the Grande Final of the Imagine School Competition, they receive a presentation training from Naber Fundamental and they collaborate with the VideoMatic to make an animation movie about their project. Examples of these movies can be found on our Facebook page or our YouTube Channel.
The Grand Final is the all decisive moment: who will win the competition and win the trip to a developing country? Students present their project on stage and answer questions. They need to persuade the jury that their idea is the best. If the jury is impressed by the winning project, a feasibility study is conducted in order to see if the business plan can be implemented.
For the Imagine School Competition students write their high school thesis in the form of a business plan. Requirements in this business plan are the technological, economical and societal aspects of the project. All requirements can be found here.