Each Team Challenge includes a set of specific requirements your team must complete in order to solve the Challenge. This is called the team’s Central Challenge. These requirements in the Central Challenge could include a combination of technical, scientific, theatrical, engineering, fine arts and improvisational elements. Teams will often have to do research in order to fulfill the requirements in each Challenge. Many teams also participate in skills workshops or work with mentors and parents in a specific field in order to learn new skills needed to design and build their Challenge solutions.
In addition to the Team Challenge requirements, teams will also incorporate certain elements, called Team Choice Elements, into their solution. Team Choice Elements often have a meaningful connection to the team’s solution and are a chance for them to show off their skills, talents, interests and areas of strength. These elements can be anything and often range from a small prop to a vehicle steering system.
Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.
Instant Challenges are short problem solving activities (usually less than 10 minutes) that help strengthen students’ quick, creative and critical thinking skills. They may be performance-based, task-based or a combination of the two.
At a tournament, teams will solve one Instant Challenge in addition to showcasing their Team Challenge solutions. Instant Challenges are kept secret until the day of the tournament. Because Instant Challenge is worth 25% of a team’s overall score at a tournament, teams often practice different types of Instant Challenges throughout the season.