This activity works best for larger teams with at least 5 or 6 team members because the team will be split into two groups. Within each group, the team members need to work together to find a creative solution to a problem. Across the two groups, the entire team needs to exhibit strong listening and communication skills.
Variety of construction materials, such as newspapers, sticky notes, Lego bricks, toy blocks, pipe cleaners, straws, spaghetti, marshmallows
Tip: Providing a wide variety of materials means there will not be one obvious solution or design direction. The sub-teams will need to communicate effectively to agree on their direction.
Scissors (not be used as part of the construction)
Tape measures (not to be used as part of the construction)
Divider such as a large tri-fold or posterboard
Divide the construction materials into two sets, with each set containing exactly the same items. Conceal each set of materials in a paper bag or covered box.
Set up the tri-fold or other divider on a table so people on one side cannot see what people on the other side are doing. Place one set of materials on each side of the divider. Place a pair of scissors and a tape measure on each side, too.
Instructions to the Team:
Your task is to build a bridge. Divide yourselves into 2 sub-teams. Each sub-team will be responsible for building half of the bridge. During construction, the sub-teams can communicate verbally, but cannot see what the other sub-team is doing. Once time is up, we will remove the divider and you can match up the two halves of the bridge to see if they will combine to make one complete bridge. The halves should match in height in width. You will have 5 minutes to strategize and build.
Tip: It may be tempting for team members to try to take a peek and see what’s happening on the other side of the divider, but you can remind them that the spirit of the challenge requires them to communicate verbally only.