Chain Reaction

Entertraining / Personality Assessment

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Participants are often amazed at what they can produce from a series of bizarre collection of items. Disbelieving looks are common when the challenge is first explained. Supplied with a game board and a set of detailed game cards, they discuss within their team and then share information and resources with other teams to develop a strategy to create the most creative series of simple machines.  As participants advance into the planning and construction phase of this team building activity, they become more convinced about what they can achieve together as a group, with a true sense of common purpose.  Once each simple machine is created they join them together as a team and then teams connect their series of simple machines to the next team's simple machines, creating a long chain or knock on effects. Testing and retesting them ensues, with all participants adjusting their creations to ensure that it will flow from start to finish without a hiccup! After construction and testing is complete, triggering the reaction is full of suspense and excitement bringing everyone together in a celebration as they have worked together towards a common goal which they watch unfold before their eyes.

Challenging interaction test

  • A challenging construction test in which planning, and creations of multiple different teams must be coordinated.
  • A chain reaction consists of at least nine mini machines but can even grow into a chain of more than thirty bizarre moving creations.
  • All teams share the same material boxes and have to adjust their constructions according to the available materials. Often others are also used in spaceexisting utensils (tables, chairs, water bottles) used.
  • The activity ensures a strong team spirit and allows all participants to work together towards one common goal. Communication is essential for all parts to fit together.

Learning outcomes:

  • Creativity
  • Planning and Problem solving
  • Inter-team communication
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Working towards common goal
  • Sharing of knowledge and materials

 

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