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September 26, 2005

HO: Hats Off

Filed under: education — texased @ 7:50 pm
Hats Off

Judges Version
Problem Source:

This is a hands-on problem. You have one minute to determine which team members will solve the problem.

JUDGE READS TO TEAM (after participants are determined):

You will have 7 minutes to complete this problem. You may talk or ask questions at any time; however, time continues. At the end of 7 minutes, you will have one minute to present your solution to be scored.

Your problem is to design a hat that will have an alternative function when not being worn. You must use the materials given to design you hat. No other materials may be used.

Score will be as follows:

  • 1-20 points for creativity of the hat
  • 1-20 points for creativity of the alternate use
  • 1-20 points for team work
  • 1-20 point for presentation of solution

Materials and Setup

Give each team the following materials.

  • 2 paper bags
  • 3 paper plates
  • 5 cottenballs
  • 3 pipe cleaners
  • 5 styrofoam cups
  • 10 paper clips
  • 12 inches of string
  • 3 mailing labels
  • Scissors
  • Two colored markers or crayons
  • 10 pieces of spaghetti

Scoring Grid

Item Quantity Value Total
Creativity of the hat 1 – 20
Creativity of the alternate use 1 – 20
Team Work 1 – 20
Presentation 1 – 20

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