The information provided in this First Look document is a synopsis of each Challenge and is designed to help your team decide on which Challenge you would like to solve. Your team MUST download and read the full Challenge and Rules of the Road from the Resource Area in order to solve the Challenge successfully. Your team is strongly encouraged to read and use Roadmap as you create your Challenge solution.
The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.
Design and build an aircraft that takes off, flies, and lands.
Design the aircraft to deliver a team-created payload.
Create and present a story about one or more characters exploring a remote place.
Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
Our Scientific Challenge blends the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art.
Our Engineering Challenge asks students to design, build, and test load-bearing structures created from specific materials.
Our Fine Arts Challenge helps students develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theater arts, script writing, and prop design.
Our Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.
Research historical figures found on coins from around the world.
Create and present an improvisational skit that includes the historical figures in a tale.
Integrate an event that has an impact on the tale.
Present the skit in two parts, changing between comedy and tragedy.
Present the skit in two styles, changing from verbal to nonverbal.
Our Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service that addresses real-life community issues.
Our Rising Stars for Early Learners Challenge offers simple experiences with the creative process, and it gives young kids (preschool through 2nd grade) a place to work together and make new friends.
Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.
In a world with growing cultural connections, increased levels and types of communication, and a new need for real-time teamwork and problem solving, the ability to solve problems quickly is becoming increasingly critical.
At a tournament, a team will receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it. The team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a period of just five to eight minutes.
Instant Challenges are performance-based, task-based, or a combination of the two. Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward teams for their teamwork. Instant Challenges are kept confidential through the day of the tournament.