The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.
Design and build an invention.
Create and present a story about how a problem is solved with the use of the invention.
Integrate an invention artifact to highlight the development process.
Design and build scenery that shows the impact of solving the problem.
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.
Create and present a story that features an unseen character and its impact on a team-selected photograph.
Theatrically recreate the photograph during the Presentation.
Create and present a visual effect that includes a photographic technique.
Show how the visual effect changes the perspective of one or more characters.
Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strenth, and talents.
Our Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.
Research superpowers and how they are portrayed in comic books, literature, film, and other media.
Create and present an improvisational skit about a villain who uses a superpower to cause an unexpected situation.
Include a hero who uses an underwhelming power to try to overcome the unexpected situation.
Enhance the skit with sound effects.
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.