Road Race Team Building Activity

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In this activity, the team has to build a road for a toy car using only the provided materials.

Resources:

  • 1 paper towel tube
  • 1 paper cup
  • 1 small toy car
  • 1 sheet of paper
  • 5 index cards
  • 5 rubber bands
  • 15 paper clips
  • 20cm of masking tape
  • 10 plastic straws

Space Required: Large. Indoors or outdoors.

Group Size: 4 to 8 ideally. With bigger groups, you can split them into smaller teams and prepare one set of resources for each team.

Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 5 minutes to brief and setup
  • 15 minutes for construction and testing
  • 10 minutes for the final race
  • 10 minutes to review and debrief

Running the Activity

  • Explain the activity: The team has to build a road for a toy car using only the provided materials. The toy car must be able to move without any contact or pushing; you can only touch the car when putting it at the start point of the road. Construction time is 5 minutes, followed by 2 minutes of test time. Then you are given another 3 minutes to make any necessary changes before the real road race begins. The team has 3 tries and the longest distance traveled out of the 3 attempts will be their final score.
  • Scoring system (if there is more than one team participating): the team whose toy car travels the longest distance from their start point wins the activity.
  • Once they are ready, the trainer can start the clock for the team to begin the activity,

Rules

  • Only the provided materials can be used during the challenge.
  • Participants are not allowed to directly touch or move the toy car after it has been placed on the start point.
  • Construction time is 5 minutes, followed by 2 minutes of test time. Then you are given another 3 minutes to make any necessary changes before the real road race begins.
  • The longest distance out of 3 race attempts will be the team’s final score.

Suggested Learning Outcomes

  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Creative thinking
  • Time management

Review

Suggested questions to ask:

  • What did you do well?
  • How did you come up with the design of the road? Did everyone agree with the design?
  • If you had to do something differently next time, what would you do?
  • How did you manage your time effectively?
  • Did you identify a leader?
  • What leadership skills were demonstrated during the challenge?

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