2019-2020 Challenge Previews

 

Some students will pick a particular Challenge because it falls within their Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Engineering or Service Learning wheelhouse. They simply love that area of STEAM learning. For other students, this is a time to try their hand at something new. There are no prerequisites for any of these Challenges... students will learn as they go!

Learning Outcomes: Technical Engineering & Design, Product Development, Theatrical Set Design, Effective Storytelling

 

  • 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.

 

Perfect for a Robotics Club or for students who are interested in learning more about technology!

Learning Outcomes: Ecology, Technical Engineering & Design, Theater Arts Skills, Effective Storytelling 

 

  • Research a real species and a real habitat.

  • Create and present a story about the first encounter between the species and the habitat.

  • Show how the species and the habitat change as a result of the encounter.

  • Present the story in theater in the round.

  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

Perfect for a Science Club or for students who are interested in learning more about ecologies!

Learning Outcomes: Construction Management, Structural Engineering, Technical Design, Effective Storytelling

 

  • Design and build a bridge that will be assembled during the Presentation.

  • Move weight across the bridge to test its strength.

  • Create and present a story about an unexpected connection and its outcome.

  • Design and create a set piece that transitions between settings. 

  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

Perfect for an Engineering Club or for students who like to build and test things!

Learning Outcomes: Photography, Visual Arts Skills, Theater Arts Skills, Effective Storytelling

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 strength, and talents.

 

Perfect for a Drama Club or for students who want to learn more about photography!

 

Learning Outcomes: Character Development, Improvisational Acting, Sound Design, Effective Storytelling

 

  • 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 sounds effects.

 

Perfect for an ESL or Drama Class and for students who love to think on their feet!

Learning Outcomes: Social Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Technical Design, Effective Storytelling

 

  • Identify, design, carry out, and evaluate a project that addresses a need in a real community.

  • Create and present a story that shows at least one character in a race against time.

  • Integrate information about the project into the story.

  • Design and build a device that represents time and highlights milestones from the project.

  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

Perfect for students in a Service Learning Club or for students working on Community Service Hours!

Learning Outcomes: Engineering & Design, Puppetry, Theater Arts Skills, Effective Storytelling

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  • Create and present a play about characters who travel from one planet to another.

  • Include something surprising that happens during the trip.

  • Design and create a puppet to use in the play.

  • Launch team-created rockets during the play.

  • Create costumes, props, and scenery to help tell the story.

Perfect for introducing hands-on STEAM education to Preschool to Grade 2 students!