About Instant Challenge
Instant Challenge provides a chance for a Team to show off its creative problem solving skills in a short, unrehearsed
presentation to Appraisers. Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward
Teams for teamwork and the uniqueness and creativity of the Team’s Solution. Instant Challenges are between five and ten minutes in length and worth up to 100 points.
The Basics of Instant Challenge
· All Teams will be scheduled to do an Instant Challenge in addition to their Central Challenge.
· The nature and content of each Instant Challenge is kept confidential until the day of the Tournament.
The Two Types of Instant Challenges
A Performance-Based Instant Challenge involves the Team “performing” a Solution for the Appraisers. Teams may be
judged on the creativity of their Solution, presentation, and/or use of materials, along with Teamwork. The Team may be asked to use words, conversation, and/or dramatic characterizations to Solve the Challenge. Language may or may not be involved in the performance. Teams may or may not be given time to practice their solution before presenting it to the Appraisers. Materials may be real or imaginary.
A Task-Based Challenge requires the Team to use materials to move, build, change or protect objects. Teams may be scored on how well they work together to design the solution and the creativity of their final project. Team Members may also receive points for accomplishing a task. Team Members may or may not be allowed to talk during this type of Challenge.