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The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning and related skills.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Technical Design & Engineering, Show Production, Design Efficiency, Technical Theater
The Scientific Challenge blends the research and curiosity of science with the thrill and creativity of the theater arts.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Cryptography & Steganography, Science & Technology, Storytelling, Improvisation
Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
The Engineering Challenge asks teams to design, build and test load-bearing structures out of specific materials.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Structural Engineering & Construction, Weight Distribution, Research Material Science, Global Competency
The Fine Arts Challenge has students flex their acting and creative muscles as they experiment with different types of artistic media and theater arts, write scripts and design props.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Cultural Symbolism, Global Competency, Performing Arts Skills, Technical Theater
The Improvisational Challenge is all about spontaneity and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Improvisational Theater, Time Management, Integration Skills, Teamwork
The Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service to address real-life community issues.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Social Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Community Partnerships, Performing Arts Skills
The 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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Simple & Complex Machines, Engineering & Design, Storytelling Skills, Teamwork
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.
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.
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 and the creativity of their solutions. Instant Challenges are kept confidential through the day of the Tournament.