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Technical Challenge: Maze Craze

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Technical Engineering & Design / Navigation Systems / Transportation Systems / Effective Storytelling
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  • Design and build a device to navigate a tournament-provided maze.
  • Design and build a prop that transforms in the maze.
  • Design and build a way to remove an object from the maze.
  • Create and present a story about a journey through the maze.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills,  areas of strength, and talents

Scientific Challenge: Unlikely Attraction

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Science & Technology / Technical Engineering & Design / Visual & Sound Design / Effective Storytelling.
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  • Explore scientific concepts used in amusement park attractions.
  • Design and build an attraction that uses scientific concepts during its operation.
  • Create and present a story that features the attraction operating in an unlikely location.
  • Portray the unlikely location using sights and sounds.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Engineering Challenge: Drop Zone

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Impact Force Research / Technical Design Process / Architectural Design / Structural Engineering / Effective Storytelling.  [See the Challenge Video] | [Clarifications]

  • Design, build and test a freestanding structure that can withstand impacts from dropped weights.
  • Tell a story about a sudden event with dramatic impact.
  • Design and create a visible or audible depiction of the story’s sudden event.
  •  Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Fine Arts Challenge: Change of Tune

LEARNING OUTCOMES Theater Arts Skills / Musical & Lyrical Composition / Production Techniques / Scenic Design.
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  • Create and present a musical that includes a change in plans.
  • Include music and lyrics that enhance the storytelling.
  • Create and present a spectacle as part of the musical.
  • Design and integrate a set change into the musical.
  •  Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills,  areas of strength, and talents.

Improvisational Challenge: Treasure!

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Cultural Competency / Improvisational Acting / Character Development / Effective Storytelling.
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  • Research different cultures and famous explorers.
  • Create and present an improvisational skit about a quest to return a lost cultural treasure to its owner.
  • Integrate two explorers and a prop into the quest.
  • Show how characters work together to overcome a setback

Service Learning Challenge: Inside Impact

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Social Entrepreneurship / Graphic Art Design / Theatrical Set & Prop Design / Effective Storytelling.
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  • Identify, design, carry out, and evaluate a project that addresses a need in a real community.
  • Create a live presentation that highlights the project and the impact it made on the community.
  • Create infographics that include information about the project.
  • Create a storage device that transforms as the story of the project unfolds.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills.

Early Learning Challenge (Rising Stars!): Friends Everywhere

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Cultural Competency / Compare & Contrast / Engineering & Design / Effective Storytelling. [See the Challenge Video]

  • Explore how children of different cultures live, learn and play.
  • Create and present a play that tells a story about 2 different cultures.
  • Present similarities and differences between the 2 cultures.
  • Design and build a prop that will transform and be used in 2 different ways.
  • Create costumes and scenery to help tell the story.

Instant Challenge

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Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking. 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 until the day of the tournament.