Challenges

2017-2018

Your team worked hard this season to develop your Challenge solution.

You’ve meticulously built amazing props, honed your teamwork and problem-solving skills, and brought your ideas to life. You’ve also made friendships that will last a lifetime. Now, it’s time to take your team on the road and show the world what you’ve got!

The Team Challenge Presentation Sites will be spread around the University of Tennessee (UT) campus and the Knoxville Convention Center. If your team’s props were shipped, they will be delivered to the Prop Storage Area for your Challenge. Teams are highly encouraged to see as many Team Challenge solutions as possible while at the event. The Instant Challenge sites will be in the Humanities building on the UT campus. Your team’s Team Challenge Presentation and Instant Challenge will be scheduled on separate days during the tournament.

Challenge Summaries

2017-2018

Maze-Craze

Technical

  • 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.

Unlikely-Attraction

Scientific

  • 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.

Drop-Zone

Engineering

  • 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.

Change-of-Tune

Fine Arts

  • 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.

Treasure

Improvisational

  • 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.

Inside-Impact

Service Learning

  • 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, areas of strength, and talents.

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Instant-Challenge

As part of the tournament experience, teams are required to engage in speedy, creative, and critical thinking when they receive an Instant Challenge. Team members must think under pressure and apply appropriate skills to produce a solution in a period of just 5 to 8 minutes. Instant Challenges may be task-based, performance-based or a combination of the two. This highly-confidential component of the DI Challenge Experience enables participants to face challenges with optimism and confidence, and it accounts for 25% of a team’s overall score at a tournament.