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DI 2007-2008 Challenge Summaries

Challenge A: Obstacles, Of Course!

The Destination: Where Obstacles, Of Course Will Take You!

Young or old, big or small, we all face obstacles in everyday life. Things are always getting in our way! Overcoming these obstacles, and how we do it, helps all of us grow and reach our goals. To solve this Challenge, your team's vehicle will need to go over, under, around and through obstacles that it encounters on its path. Calculate carefully: your final score will depend on the choices your team makes - to overcome obstacles, of cours! It's all up to YOU!

Focus:

  • Technical Design and Construction
  • Innovation and Design Process
  • Mathematics
  • Experimentation
  • Theater Arts
  • Team Work

Points of Interest:

  • Design and construct an Obstacle Course, with from three to ten different Obstacles.
  • Design and construct a Vehicle that will travel the Obstacle Course. The Vehicle will score points for the number of Obstacles successfully overcome.
  • Create an original, non-verbal Story about overcoming Obstacle(s). The appearance of the Obstacle Course should be linked to the Story's theme.
  • Create two Side Trips and integrate them into your team's Presentation.

Challenge B: Hit or Myth

 The Destination: Where Hit or Myth Will Take You!

Is there really a Loch Ness Monster? Is it possible to stop a shark attack by punching the shark in the nose? If Rapunsel really "let down her hair" counld someone actually climb up her hair into a tower! Myths, folk tales and urban legends exist in many nations around the world. How do we know whether they're truth or fiction? By using the Scientific Method! So get on your lab coats - now it's your chance to find our with the help of science, whether it's a Hit or Myth!

Focus:

  • Theater Arts
  • Science
  • Research
  • International Studies
  • Investigative Techniques
  • Teamwork

Points of Interest:

  • Create and present a theatrtical performance with an original Story about a Myth, Urban Legend or Folk Tale. The Story must be set in a Nation other than your team's own.
  • Design and carry out a Myth Investigation that inbestigates fact(s) about the team's Myth. Present the results of the investigation as part of your Story.
  • Create a Myth-Ecol Replica from the team's chosen Nation, using recyclable materials.
  • Create two Side Trips and integrate them into the Presentation.

Challenge C: DI've Got a Secret!

The Destination: Where DI've Got a Secret Will Take You!

What's my secret? I'll never tell! But your team gets to tell all. Nothing is as it seems as your secret unfolds. Sometimes people or things appear to be one thing, but they turn out to be something very different. Your team will turn a secret into great entertainment and dazzle everyone with a optical illusion and set pieces that connect to become part of the big surprise. Will you have the audience on the edge of their seats? Will everyone beg to know more? We'll all have to wait ... until your secret is revealed!

Focus:

  • Playwriting
  • Theater Arts (Design, Construction, Costumes and Set Pieces)
  • Optical Physics
  • Teamwork

Points of Interest:

  • Create and present a theatrical performance of an original Story about a Secret.
  • Create a Maquerade Character that appears to be something or someone until its true indentity is revealed.
  • Integrate a team-created Optical illusion into the Story.
  • Design and create three Set Pieces that will be connected to form a new Set Piece or Backdrop.
  • Create two Side Trips and integrate them into the Presentation.

Challenge D: Chorific!

The Destination: Where Chorific! Will Take You!

It is just a simple, ordinary chore. You've done it a thousand times without a problem. Not this time! Now you have to overcome obstacles, and famous figures of the past and present suddenly appear. With an artful sound design to accompany you on your mission, you must use your keenly honed improv techniques to tackle a chore no longer ordinary, but extraordinary! Only you can conquer everything that gets in your way and complete your chore. Only then will you be Chorific!
 

Focus:

  • Improvisational Acting
  • Story Development
  • Sound Design
  • Theater Arts
  • Teamwork

Points of Interest:

  • Create a six-minute Improvisational Skit about an ordinary, randomly selected Chore in a 30-minute timed period at the Tournament
  • Attempt to overcome two randomly selected Obstacles, both related to the Chore, in your Skit.
  • Create a Sound Design that will be presented live during your Skit.
  • Integrate a randomly selected Situation into your Skit.
  • Demonstrate one Improv Technique during your Skit.
  • Integrate a Famous Person, randomly-selected from a list of people the team has previously researched into your Skit.

Challenge E: SWITCH!

The Destination: Where SWITCH! Will Take You!

Did you ever have to make up your mind? Choose one thing and leave the other behind? Not this time! You don't have to make up your mind - you get to try something two different ways! You will test your Structure's strength one way, and then ... SWITCH! You test your Structure another way. You will also pull some other SWITCHES to show how one item can do different jobs! So get ready - SWITCHING has never been so much fun!
 

Focus:

  • Archiectural Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction
  • Research
  • Innovation and Design Process
  • Mathematics
  • Theater Arts
  • Teamwork

Points of Interest:

  • Design, build, a Structure made completely of Wood and Flue and test it for strength by stacking weights on it in two different Orientations..
  • Have a two-minute Stop Time while the team removes the weights after the first test and places the Structure on a different side for the second test.
  • Research a manufactured item, called a SWITCH! Item that can serve more than one purpose.
  • Present a Freeze-Frame scene as part of the Story during the Stop Time.
  • Create two Side Trips and integrate them into the Presentation.

Rising Stars!™: TwisDId History!

  • Imagining Possibilities
  • Story Telling
  • Research
  • History
  • Geometric Shapes
  • Performing in front of an audience
  • Working with others

The Destination: Where Rising Stars!™: TwisDId History! Will Take You!

Your Challenge is to choose something that happened in the past and change it. You will make up a Play that will tell the story of how your team changed history. Your story will have a beginning a middle and an end. You will have characters in your Play and you will also make up a song. You will make a Magical Prop that is made up of different shapes. The Magical Prop will help you change history.

Note: This is a non-competitive Challenge for early elementary-aged children and will not be scored.

Teams wishing to present their Rising Stars! Team Challenge at a Destination ImagiNation® Tournament/Event in the upcoming program year will need to either be attached to a Destination ImagiNation® membership or purchase a Rising Stars! Program Kit (Volume I, II or III). Rising Stars! teams will be required to have an active/paid membership number to present at a Destination ImagiNation® Tournament/Event. Destination ImagiNation® Memberships and Rising Stars! Program Kits are available at www.ShopDI.org .