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Camille Karlson, SUNY Suffolk: Team Building Activity - Marshmallows and Spaghetti


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Day 1 Team Building Activity
Camille Karlson, SUNY Suffolk
Team Building Activity - Marshmallows and Spaghetti

Annual conference for the SUNY online teaching and learning community of practice.
March 6-8, 2019, Syracuse, NY.

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Camille Karlson, SUNY Suffolk: Team Building Activity - Marshmallows and Spaghetti

  1. 1. Marshmallows and Spaghetti Open SUNY Summit March 6, 2019
  2. 2. The Task: To Build the Tallest Tower The Tools: One Pound of Marshmallows Two Ponds of Spaghetti The Time: 20 Minutes The Team: Four Members on Each Team
  3. 3. The Rules: 1. Your challenge is to build the tallest freestanding structure using only the materials provided. The measurement will be from the base of your tower to the top of your tower. 2. The structure must stand on its own for measuring. Teams touching or supporting their structure will be disqualified. 3. Teams can choose to use all or just some of the materials provided. Extra materials cannot be used. No web searching is allowed. 4. Teams cannot eat their marshmallows.
  4. 4. Planning Leadership Collaboration Did your team have a plan? Did the plan work? Was there a leader on your team? Who was it and who decided who the leader would be? What did collaboration look like and sound like? What was the biggest challenge you faced? The biggest celebration? If you had no leader, do you think having designated someone a leader would have helped? Why? How did you deal with frustration? What put a limit on how tall your tower could be? What leadership style worked best for this activity? Were all teammates included?
  5. 5. Do any of your tower building experiences relate to online education at your institutions? SUNY Online? In what ways?
  6. 6. And the winning group is……