Team advisors serve as guides and sounding boards as students work through the Diamond Challenge curriculum and begin to put their ideas into action. They also help their teams to secure any needed permissions and navigate competition-related logistics.
Team advisors are most often teachers from the participating students’ schools. However, staff, parents, and community members may also serve as advisors. The best advisors provide support by listening, asking questions, highlighting timelines and encouraging students to really put their ideas into action.
Team advisors may seek to recruit teams of students for participation or be recruited by participating students. There are just three formal requirements for team advisors: (1) advisors must be at least 18 years of age and hold at least a high school diploma, (2) advisors must agree to allow student participants to make all final decisions regarding their ventures, and (3) advisors must agree to make themselves generally available to provide feedback and support, as reasonable and necessary.