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UFO Story

UFO Story


This is a two-part problem.

In part one, you will have 9 minutes to make a solution and practice.

In part two, you will have 6 minutes to present your solution to the judges.

You may talk to each other at any time or ask questions, but time continues.


You will be given materials to use in your solution, nothing else may be used.

Only the paper products may be altered, marked on or torn.

Your team is to use the materials given to build a UFO.

In this problem, anything that can fly will be considered a UFO, not just a "flying saucer".


You will tell a story about the UFO you have created in part 1, using the props you are given.

Your story must include your UFO and at least some of the props provided for you.

The story can be anything the team wants and can be presented in any way the team wants.

If your team can make the UFO "fly" for any amount of time on its own during Part 2, you will receive 20 bonus points. A team member may not throw or toss the object or blow on it directly to make it fly.

The UFO must fly on its own, not just appear to fly. It does not matter how long the UFO is in the air.


Give the team a bag of 20 props.

These can be anything you can find lying around the house. Make sure there are some everyday items and some wacky ones as well. Examples are shoes, socks, thermometers, hair brushes, egg whisks, etc

Also give teams the following materials to build their UFO:

4 sheets of construction paper, 2 pieces of cardboard, 8 different colored markers, 5 pieces of tape, 6"
6 mailing labels 1 piece of string, 12"
5 marbles 3 paper plates 4 paper cups

Give teams the following materials to help the UFO fly:
2 yard sticks, 1 box of any size rubber bands of varying sizes

1 piece of elastic, 2 hard back books


Creativity of the UFO: 1 to 20 points

UFO flies on its own: 0 or 20 points

Creativity of the Story about the UFO:1 to 20 points

Each prop used: 1 point (max score 20 points, 20 props @ 1 pt each)

Overall Teamwork: 1 to 20 points



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