2020-2021 Challenge Previews

 

Some kids will pick a 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 others, this is a time to try their hand at something new. There are no prerequisites for any of these Challenges... they will learn as they go!

To keep everyone safe, ALL Challenges can be worked on in-person and remotely.

The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.

 

  Your team will:

  • Create and present a video presentation in the style of a video game.

  • Include an adventurer who goes on a quest to win an ultimate prize.

  • Portray a special ability used by the adventurer.

  • Integrate 3 quest items and combine them to create a tool.

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

Grades 2-5 (EL) Grades 6-8 (ML) Grades 9-12 (SL) and University/College (UL)

 

The Scientific Challenge blends the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art.

  Your team will:

  • Produce a video presentation that tells a story about a Scientific Law that is bent and/or broken.

  • Show how the Scientific Law is bent and/or broken.

  • Include an expert and a witness in the story.

  • Use documentary techniques to tell the story in the style of a documentary film.

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

Grades 2-5 (EL) Grades 6-8 (ML) Grades 9-12 (SL) and University/College (UL)

 

The Engineering Challenge asks students to explore and apply engineering skills and tools to design and build solutions to specific applications.

 

  Your team will:

  • Research visual art and architecture styles.

  • Design and create a single three-dimensional physical model of a building.

  • Create a video presentation that tells a story about how opposites can be complimentary.

  • Integrate your model of a building and a planning artifact into the video presentation.

  • Present part of the video presentation using a split-screen to enhance the story.

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

Grades 2-5 (EL) Grades 6-8 (ML) Grades 9-12 (SL) and University/College (UL)

 

The Fine Arts Challenge helps students develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theatre arts, scriptwriting, and prop design. 

 

Your team will:

  • Research music videos and create a music video of your own.

  • Use music and lyrics to retell all or part of a piece of literature.

  • Design and build a costume.

  • Research production techniques to enhance the music video.

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

Grades 2-5 (EL) Grades 6-8 (ML) Grades 9-12 (SL) and University/College (UL)

 The Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and quickly produce skits. 

 

  Your team will:

  • Research detective and forensic techniques.

  • Create an improvisational video presentation that tells a story about a detective and a sidekick teaming up to solve a mystery.

  • Integrate a true clue and a red herring into the mystery.

  • include the use of a forensic technique to help solve the mystery.

 

Grades 2-5 (EL) Grades 6-8 (ML) Grades 9-12 (SL) and University/College (UL) 

The Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service that addresses real-life community issues. 

 

  Your team will:

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

  • Create a video presentation that includes a podcast and a commercial.

  • Include a cliffhanger and a quirky character.

  • Integrate information about the project into the video presentation.

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

 

Grades 2-5 (EL) Grades 6-8 (ML) Grades 9-12 (SL) and University/College (UL)

The Rising Stars® for Early Learners Challenge offers simple (non-competitive) experiences with the creative process, and it gives young children a place to work together and make new friends.

 

Your team will:

  • Create and present a story about a critter who goes on a big adventure.

  • Write and illustrate a picture book.

  • Integrate a special effect into the picture book.

  • Create a song that helps tell the story.

  • Share the picture book and the song in a team-created video.

Kindergarten through Grade 2

 

INSTANT CHALLENGE

All teams will have the opportunity to solve an Instant Challenge. These 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.