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Chip Flip

Chip Flip

Your challenge is to flip the chips in the target area so that the numbered sides are face up on the colored circles.


You have 6 minutes to solve this challenge.


For Team: 2 straws, 1 ruler, 1 yardstick, 4 sticky labels, 1 small paper cup, 1 eight-foot length of string, 1 small magnet, 1 envelope, 3 toothpicks, and 2 pipe cleaners.

For Judge: Construction paper, push pins, masking tape, or pavement chalk. See "set-up" for more materials.


Number 15 poker chips on ONE side only, 1-15. (using a Sharpie.)

For a carpeted surface, cut 15 four-inch diameter circles out of construction paper, and pin them into the carpet.

For a hard floor, tape the colored circles, or for garage floor color the circles directly on the surface with chalk.

Number each circle, 1-15.

Mark a six-foot square target area around the circles with masking tape.

Place one chip, numbered side down, inside each circle, matching numbers.

See below for suggested layout.


In front of you is a 6-foot square target area with 15 poker chips placed with a numbered side down on colored circles whose numbers match the number on the chip.

Using only the materials given, you must flip the chips in the target area, so that the numbered sides are face up on the colored circles.

  1. Team members may not enter the target area.

  2. No part of a team member's body may enter the target area.

  3. Team members may not touch the chips directly. If a chip is touched, it will be removed by the judge and receive no score.

NOTE TO JUDGE: Team members may remove the chips from the target area and return them again, provided they do not touch the chips, but DO NOT tell them that unless THEY ASK!


You will be scored at the end of 6 minutes or when you decide to stop.

Scoring will be based on the total number of points received, minus any penalty points for a chip touching a circle not its own.



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