What is Spontaneous?
Spontaneous is an on the spot challenge problem that each team will face in addition to their long term problem at competition.
What kind of problem?
Spontaneous problems typically fall into one of the following category.
Hands On- This problem gives team members a set amount of materials and something they need to accomplish with them. Examples are needing to build a bridge between two desks, building a tower that will support a marble or getting a tennis ball to roll into but not beyond a taped grid.
Verbal- This problem type requires team members to take turns to give verbal responses to a question. They may be limited by time or a set number of turns. Examples are telling a story using a selection of given words, guessing what a treasure box might hold or naming different types of cat.
Verbal/Hands On- This problem combines the use of materials with a verbal challenge. Examples might be needing to build a creature to tell a story about, using markers to draw advertisements for products they come up with or adding provided items to their creations and remarking on the changes.
These are only a few examples of the types of problems … the entire point of spontaneous is for the team to face a problem they have never seen before!
What problem type will my team do on competition day?
You won’t know. The only person who knows any of the problems in advance of the competition is the Problem Captain. The type of long term problem you have does not affect Spontaneous problem assignments. The only certainty is that teams sharing your long term problem and division will face the same Spontaneous problem and Judging team.
Spontaneous problems are top secret until World Finals. This is because other regions and states pull from the same problem pool and competition dates vary. It is very important as a Coach that you remind your team not talk about the problem. In addition to giving their competition an advantage it can result in penalties for poor conduct if they are caught doing so by any official.
How are we scored?
Spontaneous scores contribute 100 out of the total 350 points awarded to teams. Each team receives a raw and a scaled score. The team receiving the highest raw score in a problem/division will receive 100 points. Each other team in that problem/division will receive a proportional score. Your team will face the same Problem and Judges as other teams sharing their long term and division to insure the same chance at points. As Spontaneous problems are secret you as Coach will never see the score forms themselves and will instead see the total raw score on the final posted scores.