The Chain Reaction Challenge
In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the concept that small causes can have large effects. Initially, it was used with weather prediction but later the term became a metaphor used in and out of science.
Inspired by the butterfly effect comes - The Chain Reaction Challenge! – where the task that teams grapple with is to create a deliberately complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence. The concept was made famous by American cartoonist and inventor of such contraptions, Rube Goldberg. In recent days, this concept caught the attention of the world with the iconic ad for the Honda Accord.
Anything so meaningless and interesting – we find fascinating in FocusU
The activity is kicked off with the larger team being broken up into smaller units. We love the look on the faces of the team members when we hand them the set of material that they need to work with – nuts, bolts, lego bricks, domino chips, bulbs, toys, nails, wires, springs, marbles, pencils, straws…. Well, almost everything that is left over in our stores when we clean up! Or so it seems.
The challenge of course is simple (chuckle chuckle): Just put together all the parts to create a mechanism that works. It is a test of creativity, collaboration and resourcefulness. The clock ticks on and the pressure builds…. The hum in the room slowly rises to a din. There is confusion, often followed by conflict before agreement settles in. The pace gets frenetic as teams test smaller sections - and then rebuild it carefully. As we approach the time deadline, the tension and excitement in the room rises to a fever pitch. But finally, everything is done – and the time comes for the trigger off!
Will your team succeed or will it fail spectacularly? Time will tell!
Is the Chain Reaction Challenge – right for your team?
If you want to challenge your team’s creativity and resourcefulness – if you have an indoor space to do that and if you have 2-3 hours of time, it is perhaps the right challenge for your team.
Get your team to take this challenge today.... and see them having a whole new level of respect for nuts, bolts, wires and scrap – in the days ahead!