This building challenge has a twist. The actual structure is easy to build – figuring out what the structure should be is the hard part.
Assorted Lego pieces (at least 2 of each piece)
Build a structure from the Lego pieces. For younger or more inexperienced teams, keep it simple – for example, only use 2×8 blocks. Set aside pieces that match each piece used in the structure so that the team will be able to build an exact replica. Add some extra decoy pieces to give the team, too. Before the meeting, conceal the structure so team members do not see it, and set out the pieces the team will be able to use. Have the necessary pieces and the decoy pieces mixed together.
Instructions to the team:
Your task is to build an exact replica of a Lego structure. You can find all the pieces you will need to build the structure here on this table. The original structure will remain hidden throughout the challenge. Select one team member to be the instructor. This team member is the only person who can look at the structure and give instructions to the rest of the team on what to build. You will have 3 minutes to re-create the structure. At the end of the 3 minutes, we will compare your structure to the original to see whether your replica is exact.
If you want a more difficult challenge, allow the instructor to look at the structure for only 10 seconds at a time. Need something even more difficult? Limit the number of times the instructor can look at the structure.
How did the team select the instructor? How did they handle it if several people wanted to take on that role? Were they able to make that decision quickly and fairly and move on to the building part of the challenge? Did the team realize there were extra Lego pieces, or did they try to use all the pieces provided?