What if a team member can no longer participate in teh competition?
The team may continue with only two members, but not less than two. You may have a substitute learner who can take the place of someone who has dropped out, but then the substitute becomes a permanent team member. The learner who dropped out can no longer participate and will not be eligible for any prizes. You may not replace a team member simply because you think they are not doing well enough. The Growsmart organisers will have to give approval for the replacement of a team member and their decision will be based on the circumstances.
What tips can you give us?
It is the team’s job to identify a problem and then think about possible solutions. Once you have an idea in mind for a problem that you would like to solve, it's time to start brainstorming. Create a mind-map with your problem and your possible solution (your invention). Use scientific methodology to help your team come up with the ultimate solution to the problem that they have identified.
Things can be mounted onto the board, but remember that the board has to be able to stand up by itself. Teams may choose to build a model to complement their display board.