Not all schools offer it... but it IS world wide. And is the only competion i know of that teaches children how to build 3 ft tall building w/ kitchenware and feel confident - when wearing pink bunny tutus with little ballet shoes while skipping about and singing offkey with a geman accent... YES ITS ABOUT CREATIVITY.
Once u r a member of the 7person team,
basically what u do is stay after school a LOT (sometimes everyday until 6 when getting close to regionals):
practice instant challenges (tasks u and ur team members have to complete, usually with a 1-5 min. planning period and 1-5 min performing period. tasks often involve creating commercials, not talking, building structeres out of straws, mailinglabels, toothpicks and what not and the like)
work on ur central challenge (there are 4 u can pick from, all containing building and performing aspects. u and ur team have to solve the challenge w/in an 8 minute skit. there are usually a LOT of requirements. butits fun. plus, costumes and set pieces are made for this.
THEN, u and ur team go to the regional competition and show ur stuff to a panel of judges. And so does every other team in the area. And every1 is uber nice 2 eachother so u don't get points deducted for unsportsmanshipness.
THEN, the 2 winners fore each challenge, grade level go to STATEs.
THEN u rehearse for another month and perform at sta...