The students imagine that they are members of two local villages which are separated by a deep valley. They have to construct a bridge which they design and prepare in two separate groups. In the end the two halves will be put together and the outcome will be discussed.
Aims and objectives
- to identify the important aspects of teamwork and sharing tasks within a team
- to understand the stages of problem solving
- to experience challenge while creating a common product
- to be able to explain your ideas and to decide on a good strategy
- Sheets of A3 paper
- Sheets of cardboard
The activity works best if there is enough space available. This could be either one big room that allows the groups to work without being heard by the others or a separate rooms or corridor.
Reflection with the students / questions for debriefing
After a short break, come together for a debriefing, looking at what the students discovered during the activity in terms of strategies for problem solving as individuals and as a group.
- My role: How did I contribute? What was my strategy? If we were a group on a ship, which position would suit me best?
- Our strategies: Which strategies have been developed by the group? Which strategies were more successful, which less?
Reference / original source of method
This activity was facilitated by Barbara Helm and by Peter Hofmann at the aces Kick-Off Meeting 2010 in Senec, Slovak Republic.
„It is great for learning about groop work, about the rules of group work, responcability and cooperation.“
Jasna Gjorgievska, Macedonia