Team Challenges

Please note that a group of three students form a team and work together to achieve all the tasks. Everyone in the team must participate in all five challenges. Students from different schools and/or countries may get together to form a team.

General Guidelines

  • All registrations must be finished by the deadline given for each Owlypia Local and Global on our website.
  • The Team Challenges are open for teams of two and three students; however, two-member teams have some disadvantages in final rankings.
  • Each team member participates in all five events.
  • Both individual and team scores are significant for the final consideration of rankings.
  • Each student may get up to three medals; one for the Knowledge Challenge, one for the Pen Down and Team Spirit Challenges together and the last one from the Speech-Craft and Impromptu Challenges.
  • All judgments are final and interpretations of the guidelines are at Owlypia’s sole discretion and they are not subject to change upon complaints.
  • Owlypia reserves the right to publish event photos without compensation for educational and promotional purposes, including, but not limited to publication on its websites, social media channels, in brochures or for future contest promotion.

Knowledge Challenge

The big quiz with a subject focus! Each student chooses his/her favorite subject at registration and gets 100% of the questions from that selected subject in this thrilling quiz. The questions may run into several sentences and will contain clues as well as misdirections. Each member is encouraged to start exploring the recommended topics under the subject resources.


  • Each student goes to the assigned exam room. (Rooms are assigned by the staff)
  • All students will take a multiple choice test in 45 minutes based on their favourite subject and the theme of the year.
  • 100% of the questions come from your favourite subject.
  • Participants choose their favourite subject while registering for Owlypia Locals and Globals.
  • You may not receive help from anyone during this challenge.
  • Team scores are calculated by adding the scores of all team members.
  • In this category, answering the most questions right is not enough to score most. You may answer fewer questions right but collect more points as each question has a different number of points.

Pen Down Challenge

Think, brainstorm and debate with your teammates to prepare the best essay/story possible!! Each team ‘pens down’ their thoughts in an essay or a story. You will need to brainstorm and communicate as a team to achieve a coherent, accurate and convincing piece of writing!


  • The writing topics are based on the theme of the year and you need to choose one of the three topics offered.
  • Each team must pick one of the three topics.
  • You have 60 minutes to brainstorm and organize your ideas as a team. You may use all the materials you have, do research on the Internet, talk to each other…etc. 
  • Then, each team must ‘pen down’ an essay/story in these 60 minutes.
  • At the end of the allotted time, you submit your essay/story to the proctors.
  • Plagiarism is strictly forbidden and the teams found to have plagiarised will be disqualified; they will receive no points from this challenge.
  • You may not quit the challenge or turn in your essays/stories earlier or later than the time allotted.
  • During the challenge, leaving the Pen Down Challenge area is not permitted; in exceptional circumstances or in the case of emergency, speak to a member of staff.
  • You only have 2 pages in total, on which to write everything.
  • Please write as clearly and legibly as possible.

Scoring Criteria

  • Content – 20%
  • Organization – 15%
  • Development – 15%
  • Grammar/Structure – 15%
  • Creativity – 15%
  • Legibility – 10%
  • Overall Impression – 10%

Speech-Craft Challenge

 This is the activity that brings the art of speaking, reading and thinking together in one place. You need to take both pros and cons into consideration while getting ready for the stage as you’ll be required to defend either the negative or the positive side of the argument.


  • Participants will have 7 minutes to prepare for their topics before the speeches start.
  • One after another, team members speak in front of a team of judges to demonstrate their persuasive speaking skills.
  • Speeches shall not be less than a minute and more than two minutes in length; you may use cue cards, notes and papers if you wish.
  • After each speaker there is a 1-minute break.
  • You are ordered randomly before the challenge starts and teams stay in the rooms during this challenge even though they are waiting for their turn.
  • Whilst teams are waiting in the room, they will receive their allocated topic.
  • Time commences when the speaker begins talking.
  • The head judge will show “30 SECONDS LEFT” sign on the 90th second.
  • No speaker may be coached or prompted in any manner during the presentation.
  • The other contestants as audiences are welcome in the room since our events are meant to be educational.
  • Audiences should be instructed to remain seated and quiet during all presentations.
  • Audience courtesy should be extended at all times.
  • You need to use your time and words wisely; it’s not about talking for a long time but talking to convince the audience and judges!
  • After both debates are done, each team can use 2 minutes for rebuttals.

Scoring Criteria

Content (40%): Resources, Empirical Evidence, Creativity and Originality
Organisation (30%): Structure, Rebuttal and Cohesion
Delivery (30%): Gesticulation, Language and Local Variety

Impromptu Challenge

Impromptu Challenge is a great opportunity for students to experience organising clear thoughts and deliver them effectively in the limited time provided. The participants draw a topic given in an envelope and prepare a meaningful speech in 60 seconds.


  • The students go to the classes and start in the order assigned by the Owlypia staff.
  • The students select their topics randomly. Then, the topic selected is not returned to the envelope or container. Ideally, no two contestants in the same room talk about the same topic.
  • Preparation time begins when each speaker draws a topic card in the competition room and then the contestant has 60 seconds to prepare a speech.
  • During the 60 seconds, team members should go back to their teams and discuss the topic chosen together.
  • Contestants may use blank papers to organise ideas during their speeches. However, they may not use costumes or props in the contest. Similarly, phones and/or electronic devices may not be used to access the Internet or view materials. 
  • Time commences when the speaker begins talking. Upon the judge’s sign, the chosen topic must be stated early in the speech by the contestant.
  • The maximum time limit for each speech is two minutes. The minimum time limit is 60 seconds.
  • Contestants are penalised on each judge’s scoring sheet for being over two minutes or under 60 seconds.
  • The head judge will show “30 SECONDS LEFT” sign on the 90th second.
  • No speaker may be coached or prompted in any manner during the presentation part.
  • The other contestants as audiences are welcome in the room since the event is meant to be educational.
  • Audiences should be instructed to remain seated and quiet during all presentations. Audience courtesy should be extended at all times.

Scoring Criteria

  • Was the presentation structured and organised clearly?
  • Did the student have an innovative and creative approach to the topic?
  • Was the student confident, with good volume and eye contact?

Team Spirit Challenge

Working together is the key in this multiple choice team challenge! All teams take this challenge together in the main hall using their clickers. You may earn more points by answering multiple-choice questions quickly, answering questions with higher points, risking harder questions for more points and getting the answers right. Making mistakes is all part of the learning experience, don’t worry, just enjoy the experience!


  • 100% of the questions come from the Common Ground section!
  • The questions vary in their difficulty and number of points. You may need to connect topics and find the correct answer.
  • The questions are answered as a team by clicking on your chosen option.
  • Each question gets more and more challenging; this is the most mind-blowing part of the whole experience!
  • You are competing against the clock to click on the correct answer before time runs out!