A group challenge to build free-standing bridge with newspapers and tape that is high enough for a large can to go under and strong enough that the bridge can support the weight of the can.
One roll of tape per group.
About a 5cm pile of newspapers.
One one-litre (quart) container full of water--or a full apple juice container...
Esplain to the group that this challenge is completed with no-one speaking.
Ask for a volunteer from each group to go to a different room to get a roll of tape for their group.
When the tape person is gone inform the group to gently ostracize this person when they return--do not accept their suggestions...
Once teams have built their bridge there is a need for debriefing immediately afterwards to explain that the ostracization was on account of the leader's instructions.
Once all the instructions have been given all players must remain silent in completing their task.
When the player with the roll of tape returns, the teams can begin putting their bridge together.
Determine which group can complete the task the quickest.
-Questions & Notes:
Questions for Understanding:
First, inform the players who went to get the roll of tape is that it was you who told the groups to ostracize them.
Then, ask them how it felt to be ostracized.
Then, ask the group how it felt to ostracize someone.
Then, talk about how you and the groups felt the ostracization affected the ostracized player.
Second, how the leadership of the group evolved and how it helped or hindered the construction of the bridge.