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Hands-On Spontaneous

Hands-on [spontaneous] problems require teams to physically create a tangible solution. Each hands-on problem has its own specific scoring categories.

Hands-On Problem Tips

  • Listen carefully to all directions, and ensure at least one team member reads the problem multiple times. * Many hands-on problems have a catch or trick which can mean the difference between scoring 150 and 500. Reading the problem closely and asking judges clarifying questions is the best way to solve the problem.

Use planning time wisely by thinking about materials to be used and time allowed to solve the problem.

  • Do not ever begin solving the problem without planning!
  • Divide and conquer - split up the workload of a problem.
  • While problems may arise while solving the problem, never argue with your team. Arguing shows judges lack of teamwork, and hands-on problems often have a scoring component for teamwork.

Hands-On Problem Types

Hands-on problems have the most variety out of any type. Teams should best prepare by understanding how to split up work, keep track of time, and make decisions quickly. Here are some more unique problem examples: “Chain letter”, “Get Your Cups in a Row”, “Perpetual Motion”

Example Spontaneous Videos

Below are videos of spontaneous problem sessions, along with problem introductions and debriefs.

Heads and Tails (hands-on)

Buckets (hands-on)

Perpetual Motion (hands-on)

Up, Up, and Away (hands-on)

hands-on_spontaneous.txt · Last modified: 2016/01/12 02:30 (external edit)