Competitive and fun team activity - with a practical element. Encourages teams to be realistic as well as creative.
Up to four teams of 3-6 per team
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To make your model bridge you need resources: A4 card, disposable cups, sticky tape and scissors. You buy these with points earned by solving a series of problems. Some are easy but the harder the problem, the greater the worth in points. Be careful, you only have one attempt at the answer so make sure you get it right.
Once you’ve designed your bridge you can start constructing but remember your overall objective is to get the highest point score possible, so don’t waste points on resources you don’t use. Another way to win points is the length and height of your bridge. Watch the design. If the cart topples or runs over the edge, you lose out on the massive 100 points you get for a successful crossing. How you maximise both opportunities is up to you!
It’s vital that your team thinks first because in the excitement and momentum of solving problems, buying resources and seeing your bridge materialise, it’s hard to keep cool. And at the end you just might kick yourself!
I used 'The Bridge' on a training course with a group of 12. The learning points included plenty about teamwork - to allocate team roles, to communicate better, not to take criticism personally, to apply more control, to focus more clearly on task objectives and to listen. A great exercise; enjoyable, fun, packed with lessons on teamwork.
Steve Laing, QC Training International
We used 'The Bridge' activity in a team building event. We had 22 people so divided them into 4 teams. This gave a great competitive edge. The game was fun for the learners and that evening they were still talking about it on Facebook and Twitter.
N Donnelly, Aspasia Consultants Ltd
We used 'The Bridge' in a big team session which was around team bonding which went down very well, and also identified peoples personality traits that came out as being a team player or not."
Maxine Knight, Management Development Trainer, Norwood