What is Spontaneous?

Spontaneous is the part of the competition where team members really get to draw on their creative thinking skills and share their ideas with the judges. Solving spontaneous problems encourage team members to think on their feet while solving TOP SECRET problems. Only team members entering the room get to know what the problem is. Teams participating in the same long-term problem and division will solve the same spontaneous problem. Therefore, it is CRITICAL no one discuss the problem outside of the room until all teams have completed. There are three different types of spontaneous projects. Keep scrolling to learn more and discover some practice problems!


These types of problems require verbal responses. They may incorporate improvisation or dramatization. Teams are typically scored based on common or create responses.


These types of projects require teams to physically create a tangible solution. Examples include constructing a bridge or tower using provided materials. Each problem has specific scoring categories.


These types of problems require teams to create a tangible solution and then implement a verbal component. For example, creating a story about the tangibly created solution. Teams are scored on both the tangible solution and verbal presentation.

Practice is the best way to get better at spontaneous! Click the button to the right for additional practice problems.

Scroll to Top