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What is the DHL Solar Grand Challenge?

Sponsored by the DHL Express Country Managers of the Bahamas, Bermuda and Cayman Islands and powered by STEMBoard, the Solar Grand Challenge is designed to inspire secondary-school students to create portable solar solutions that can be implemented for less than $50,000.

DHL Express and the STEMBoard team are committed to enhancing STEM education opportunities throughout the Caribbean. Grand Challenge participants will actively engage in ideation and  design thinking, as well as  learn about solar energy and writing an abstract.  In addition to helping students develop their research and presentation skills, this program will foster collaboration, community and competition among high school leadership, teachers and pupils.

Who Should Participate?

The Solar Grand Challenge focuses on three major areas of exposure and development for participating teams:
  • Formal technical report writing and summary development
  • Team mentorship to help refine solar design concepts
  • A week-long camp focused on solar technology (pending selection)


A SGC mentor is an experienced individual who serves as a trusted counselor, loyal adviser and coach who helps and guides their team’s development. Mentors provide perspective, help the team reflect on the competencies they are developing, and provide open, candid feedback on their project development and progress. Mentors have a unique opportunity to serve as a “sounding board” for the team on issues and challenges and are subject-matter experts interested in and willing to help SGC teams realize their potential.

SGC Mentor Characteristics

What is a SGC Mentee Team?

A SGC mentee team is a self-motivated team seeking to continuously promote personal and/or team development.  The team recognizes strengths and weaknesses and actively seeks methods for growth.

Mentee Characteristics

A successful SGC mentoring relationship not only depends on the characteristics of the mentor, but also on the characteristics of the team that he/she is mentoring.

The following are characteristics of the "ideal” team:
  • Eager to Learn: A team has a strong desire to learn new skills and abilities, or a desire to develop existing skills and abilities. A mentee seeks educational and/or training opportunities whenever possible to broaden his or her capabilities. A mentee strives to elevate his or her level of technical skills and professional expertise.
  • Team Player: Each mentee must interact with others as a part of the requirement of the Grand Challenge. It is important that each team member cooperate and communicate with others. Each mentee must be a team player and contribute as much as possible to the mentoring relationship.
  • Patient: Teams and individual mentees must be willing to put time and effort into the mentoring relationship. SGC teams must persevere through the difficulties that arise during the learning process and should be realistic.
  • Positive Attitude: A positive attitude is a successful team’s most important trait. An optimistic team is more likely to tackle difficulties and to stay on course. A team should not be afraid to fail. Just as a mentor is more than a teacher, a mentee is more than a student.

Mentoring Overview

The SGC mentoring partnership is an agreement between SGC mentee teams and subject-matter experts to share their experiences and expertise to help with the development of their team’s grand challenge solution. A mentor is someone of substantial experience, talent or professional standing who nurtures the career of a mentee (e. g., apprentice, intern or understudy). The key to successful SGC mentoring is to clarify expectations and roles, establish clear goals and a mentoring action plan and to manage the “logistics” of the mentoring process to ensure meetings take place.

SGC Mentoring Roles and Responsibilities


The roles and responsibilities of the mentor are to:

The roles and responsibilities of the mentor are to:

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