Teams were to build Central Processing Units (CPUs) using the materials provided within certain amount of time in one of the three ways:
- Collecting and placing transistor containers to create electronic gate (AND, OR, NOT, NAND) circuits.
- Placing gate circuits in the correct combination into production to create integrated circuits (multiplexer, adder, decoder, data-latch).
- Placing the correct integrated circuits (ICs) into a template to create a CPU
Electronic components are represented by various game pieces: Dowel rods represent transistor containers, hangers of different colors represent the gate circuits, and foam-board shapes represent the integrated circuits.