2017-2018 Challenge Previews

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Technical

Treasure!

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

        LEARNING OUTCOMES Technical Engineering & Design / Navigation Systems /
        Transportation Systems / Effective Storytelling

      • 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.

 

Colorado Challenge Masters

David Jared
Kayla Steffens
Justin Willson

Technical Handouts


Scientific

Unlikely Attraction

Our Scientific Challenge blends the research and curiosity of science with the thrill and creativity of the theater arts.

      LEARNING OUTCOMES Science & Technology / Technical Engineering & Design / Visual
    & Sound Design / Effective Storytelling

  • 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.

Colorado Challenge Masters

Jessica Jones
Dale Husk

Unlikely Attraction – Team Manager Training


Fine Arts

Change of Tune

Our 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 Theater Arts Skills / Musical & Lyrical Composition / Production
    Techniques / Scenic Design

  • 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.

Colorado Challenge Masters

Greg Collette
Marta Garbowski
Barb Peister


Improvisational

Treasure!

Our Improvisational Challenge is all about spontaneity and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.

      LEARNING OUTCOMES Cultural Competency / Improvisational Acting / Character
    Development / Effective Storytelling

  • 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.

Colorado Challenge Masters

Ellie Svoboda
Shauna Kogler


Engineering

Drop Zone

Our Engineering Challenge asks teams to design, build and test load-bearing structures out of specific materials.

      LEARNING OUTCOMES Impact Force Research / Technical Design Process / Architectural
    Design / Structural Engineering / Effective Storytelling

  • 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.

Colorado Challenge Masters

Jim Sirko
Margaret Tezak
Colton Tapler

2017-2018 Team Manager Training


Service Learning / Project Outreach

Inside Impact

Our Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service to address real-life community issues.

      LEARNING OUTCOMES Social Entrepreneurship / Graphic Art Design / Theatrical Set &
    Prop Design / Effective Storytelling

  • 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,

Colorado Challenge Masters

Megan Morganthaler
Jenny Zakotnik
Lena Carroll

 


Early Learning / Rising Stars

Friends Everywhere

Our 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 Cultural Competency / Compare & Contrast / Engineering &
    Design / Effective Storytelling

  • 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.

Colorado Challenge Master

Mitty Spidell


Instant Challenge
Instant Challenge

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. Instant Challenges are kept confidential through the day of the tournament.

Colorado Challenge Masters

Sara Heisdorffer
Pete Zaemes
Tony Estrada