What is the GSTEP Challenge?

The Ghana Science and Tech Explorer Prize (GSTEP) Challenge is a unique opportunity for young people to learn more about innovation, entrepreneurship and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It presents a new and exciting way for young people to engage with Science and Technology through practical learning, developing skills such as problem-solving, presentation skills, communication, teamwork and entrepreneurship skills.

The GSTEP Challenge provides all of the resources to take part, including lesson plans to support the application process, and additional training and mentorship for finalist teams.

Application Forms

You will need to make your submissions on the online application form. However, we highly recommend you draft your applications in this editable form before making your online submissions. This form is ready to download now.

Apply to the GSTEP Challenge by 19th August 2022! Only online applications will be accepted. Applications are now closed!

Stages of the Challenge

You can see the breakdown of the stages below:

Application stage
(14th June - 19th August 2022)
Teams of 4-6 JHS students in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions can apply to the GSTEP Challenge. Student teams must be supported by an adult representative.
Finalist stage
(September - November 2022)
These finalist teams will be supported to develop their ideas, with the help of expert mentors, training materials and equipment, all free of charge.
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Assessment
(AUGUST 2022)
A team of expert judges will pick 50 finalist teams (25 from Greater Accra and 25 from the Ashanti region).
Awards & Prizes
(December 2022)
The winning teams will be presented at a prestigious awards ceremony. There are some amazing awards on offer, including cash prizes and gadgets.

The Themes

Live Healthier

Providing people with what they need to lead happy and healthy lives, including physical health and mental wellbeing.

Live Greener

Protecting the environment and saving the planet’s resources.

Live Together

Tackling social issues and helping people to live better together.

You can read more about this year’s themes in our Introduction Pack.

Eligibility Criteria

You can apply if you:

  • Attend a Junior High School (JHS)
  • Live in either the Greater Accra or Ashanti region
  • Have a team of 4-6 students
  • Are being supported by an adult representative

Judging Criteria

The ideas will be assessed against the criteria below:

Category
Description
Impact
Have the team clearly explained the problem they are trying to solve? Is this a problem that needs solving?
Innovation
Is the project an innovative idea that uses Science and Technology in a new way?
Enterprising
Have the team clearly explained the steps they would need to take to turn their idea into a reality? Is the idea feasible?
Teamwork
Have the team worked together effectively?
Communication
Do the team have a clear plan for marketing and promoting their idea to their target audience?
Security & Ethics
Have the team thought about how they would make their idea safe?

Resources

There are lots of supporting materials available to help you to submit your application. These include:

A Teacher Guide

The Eligibility Criteria

The Judging Criteria

Lesson Plans

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)