Performing Arts Event - 6th, 7th, & 8th

MINDFRAME Grand Challenge: What is the American Dream and who defines it? A union is useless if people are absent, and as a part of the American Republic, the MINDFRAME TEAM is counting on you to preserve, nurture, redefine, and explore the concept of the American Dream. To rediscover this notion, take as much risk as possible to design and create your innovative answer and present your solution during the competition. Remember real ingenuity is a product of risk.

Driving Question: How can we keep the American Dream alive?

Challenge Context: We have recently discovered a new island off the coast of Georgia! Our governor wants to begin the process of creating a new city there. So, he has tasked you with thinking about the history of Georgia, Georgia economics, Georgia government and Georgia citizenry and building on this information to propose an ideal place! Each of the tasks below will allow you to explore one aspect to design and create a new place to live in Georgia. This context applies across all divisions and is applicable to all challenges.

Challenge Description

Your team will imagine a new school for the 21st century where all students can succeed and prepare them to achieve their American Dream.  Through this performance, your team must portray the perspective of the student inside this new school and clearly demonstrate the “before and after”.

As you discover what is really important about school, you will evaluate the original purpose of the school system in America and its intent to educate. Take time to discover how the past and present interweave to impact the future.

Ask yourself: What can a 21st century student like myself learn from the past to affect change in today’s modern society and in the future?

Notes to the Coach

This experience teaches students how to plan, collaborate and discern the consequences of their decisions. This challenge also gives teams a chance to explore history and the persevering nature of creativity as it relates to STEAM fields and it extends to societal wellness and advancement.

Essential Question & Challenge Requirements

Essential Question: How should school change to better meet the needs of all 21st century students? 


  • Each team will have between 11-15 minutes to perform with a skit/play that portrays the topic.
  • Teams will be judged on their inclusion of aspects from the past, present, and future .
  • All props must be made by students.
  • Students are responsible for the design and construction of props, costumes and set design. In addition, it is expected students will direct and transition all scenery. 
  • Clear alignment with relevant GA standards must be evident in all of the following subjects:  math, social studies, ela and science.
  • Maximum amount of $100 may be spent.  No donations.
  • Rubric

At the time of the presentation, the team will submit:

  • A written artist’s statement that outlines standards utilized and key elements of the story.
  • A project journal, documenting the design process (see Resources for suggested design model and journal suggestions) used for planning and implementation
  • Receipts of all purchases.