Team Quest is a program that challenges students to apply their knowledge in a group setting to come up with an answer to a question or a solution to a problem. It also allows students to come up with their own ideas and to be creative to accomplish the challenges of the program. This program is a competitive activity which makes the students strive for the top award. Our goal is to encourage students and give them the opportunity to show their talents while working on a team together.
As the students participate in the program year after year we have seen the confidence that they gain. Confidence in being able to share their ideas with others. We have also found that they learn how to listen and appreciate others ideas as well. Where many students at first are hesitant to speak up about their ideas we find they become excited about sharing their thoughts in order to achieve their goal.
By placing students that are high achievers together we have found that it challenges them to work harder and get excited about what they can achieve. Also they come to realize in our program that if they do not strive for their best they will not be the top scoring team of the competition. Overall it gives a great sense of accomplishment and challenge that they may not have the opportunity to experience in a regular classroom.
The next level of competition is the Regional Championships. This is where the top scoring teams from the local competition are given the opportunity to advance on and compete with other top scoring teams for prizes from the Team Quest Store.
The last level of competition is the Mid-West Finals where the top scoring teams from all of the Regional Championships compete in a 2-day competition for grades 5 through High School. The 3rd/4th grades compete in a one day competition which prizes are also awarded. This level of competition is intense and very competitive. The teachers, parents and grandparents always enjoy watching the students compete at the finals.
The challenges are based on a wide range of subjects:
Engineering - a problem is given which must be solved by constructing something to complete a task. Trivia - a challenge where questions are asked in a game format. Strategy and applying knowledge must be used in this challenge. Math - math questions and applying math to help solve problems. How math is applied in everyday life and why math knowledge is important in solving everyday problems. Music - questions on theory, recognizing types of music, where and when different types of music is found, and what role music plays in the lives of people. Creativity - a challenge to come up with totally new and innovative ideas and be able to communicate that to others.
All of these challenges incorporate all subjects such as language, literature, history, geography, health, current events to give a well rounded program which challenges students to use all areas of knowledge.