Synopses of 2000 Challenges

Challenge A: Fruit Roller Coaster

Everybody who loves roller coasters likes to go FAST. In this Challenge, teams are encouraged to learn what happens as transportation systems are designed to go faster and faster by designing a roller coaster for tennis balls that moves th e balls through the course as fast as possible. There is no limit on the scoring for this aspect of the Challenge – so the faster, the better! In addition to several required "thrill events" (i.e. a loop or a jump), teams must include a "thrill event" of their own design. The goal is to make a roller coaster so fun and fast that the tennis ball riders can’t wait to get through it! This Challenge also requires teams to create a Presentation, which includes artistic, performance and improvisational elements. The time limit is 10 minutes for this FAST Challenge. The cost limit is $100 (U.S.).

Challenge B: Mixing Apples and Oranges

Since the beginning of time, parents have met all sorts of challenges raising their young. Imagine the predicaments when the youngster is from a completely different species! The team's challenge is to tell an original story about an unusu al adoption that takes place between two different species. The team will show examples of parenting challenges and will present a baby book or visual record of the young one's important events or milestones. The presentation must begin in the habitat of the adopting creature and end with the return of the youngster to its own species. Time limit is 8 minutes. The cost limit is $100 (U.S.).


Challenge C: If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On

Music has always been an important part of our lives and our cultures. Music can be a very creative means of communication and often inspires images or emotions in the listener. It can also convey a mood or even tell a story. This is often done without the use of language or verbal communication. Just think of musical works such as Peter and the Wolf, La Mer, or The Nutcracker Suite. The Team's challenge is to create a musical performance that tells a story or creates a mood(s), all wit hout the use of written or spoken language. Since music can potentially involve more than just sight and sound, the team's performance will include a visual representation of all 5 of the human senses. The team's presentation must also include an orig inal musical instrument that will be evaluated on its technical merits. In addition, there must be a prop or piece of scenery that undergoes a change in physical appearance during the team's presentation. Time limit is 6 minutes. Cost limit is $100

Challenge D: Instant Pudding Improv

ometimes, teams just don’t have the time to spend solving one of our team Challenges, but would like to experience and be part of our creative tournaments. Maybe a team would like to ‘taste test’ Destination ImagiNationtm witho ut feeling like they have to make a major commitment… well, this may be the challenge for your team! Improv is a word that is shortened from the word IMPROVISATION, meaning to create a performance in a very short amount of time. Your team will be given a list of 12 famous people and 12 places and time in history to research, but you will not know which ones you will get until you reach the tournament. You will also get a list of ten items to bring as your only props. After your team selects their random ‘ ingredients,’ you will be escorted to a ‘test kitchen’ to cook up your Instant Pudding Improv within ½ hour. If your team chooses to try this unique Challenge, you may not register for any other Challenge. So…Is your team short on time, and long on creativity? Willing to take the risk?? Time limit is 6 minutes. Cost limit is only the price of your 10 props.

Challenge E: It's Not Impastable

"Real world" engineers design structures to be built using almost every imaginable material. For this Challenge, teams are required to "play with their food" by designing and building a structure made entirely of Pasta and Glue. The team’s structure is scored based on how efficiently it supports weight. There is also a scoring element for the innovation the team shows in the design/construction of their structure. The "efficiency" of the structure is measured by comparing how much weight t he structure supports to how much the structure weighs. Another aspect of this Challenge is that the weight is applied to the structure in an off-center way. This means the structure must be designed to support this off-center load without becoming a "lea ning tower of pasta". This Challenge also requires teams to create a Presentation, which includes artistic, performance and improvisational elements. Time limit is 8 minutes. The cost limit is $100. (U.S.)

Challenge 6: Eggsploration

It's often said you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. However not breaking eggs may be harder than you think, especially when you have to get them from one place to another. In this Challenge, the team is asked to move 5 eg gs through an obstacle course without breaking them. The eggs will have to be transported over a wall, across a gap, and be passed through or be conveyed by a moving device. The team will create 2 additional obstacles that will be evaluated on their origi nality/creativity and their degree of difficulty. The method(s) used to move the eggs through the course will be scored. The team is also asked to create an overall theme for its performance that includes the appearance of the 5 obstacles and the costume of at least 1 of the performing team members. Finally, the team must build a device that will break the eggs, if and when they make it through the course. Time limit is 10 minutes. Cost limit is $100 (U.S.).