A fun and exciting competition that brings
out creativity and problem solving skills.
Teams create the fastest, most original go-kart they can out of a selection of materials that offer a wide range of possibilities. Their problem solving and creative skills are proven as participants actually race their vehicles, powered by fellow team mates, through a unique course. This team challenge turns racing completely around so that it involves the whole team in the race to the finish line.
Agenda & Activities
Welcome & Warm-Ups (5-10 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff welcome the participants and lead some fun warm-up activities to get the group fully engaged.
Team Up! (5 minutes) Our last warm-up game will also randomly create small teams. Once in their teams, participants take a moment to get to know each other better.
Event Intro (5 minutes) The rules for the event are explained, and materials are distributed to the teams.
- 3-Hour Version Only: Recovery Challenges (90 minutes) Teams recover as many parts as possible for building their kart, but the parts are located within obstacles that the team must overcome in order to gain access to them.
Design Phase (5-10 minutes) (both versions) The teams examine their building materials and develop various ideas for what to build and how to build it. This is done as a separate hands-off phase so that conversations can take place later on about how the group shares, and hears, different ideas.
Building Phase (30-60 minutes) Teams build their gokarts with one eye on creativity and the other on quality. Their kart will get points for originality as well as how fast it is in the race. This creates interesting insights into how the team makes decisions and executes their plans.
PR & Test Runs (10 minutes) Each team brings their kart to the presentation area to brag about their racing machine and demonstrate their engineering and creative superiority. They will then have an opportunity to do a test run and make improvements before the main event.
The Race (10 minutes) When the flag drops, the racers are off! The action is fast-paced as drivers maneuver past each other for the best position. This event can also include a “pit-stop” segment where they swap out drivers and pushers to give every team member a chance to prove their efficiency. The excitement mounts as teams cheer for their racer. It is very competitive, and a lot of fun!
Awards (5 minutes) When the dust settles, the winners are honored with prizes and a grand celebration.
Team Presentations (10-15 minutes) The teams come together at the end of the program to share their insights about what it takes to be creative AND effective, especially while facing stiff competition.