Team building for a great cause!
Seeing how individual contributions contribute to group success
Charity Roller Coaster
Innovation rules in this exciting charity team building activity! Utilize all materials you can access to design and build the world’s most exciting roller coaster. After the charity team building exercise, a curriculum and roller coaster building kit is donated to a local school. Your collaborative team building efforts help children in your area learn about science, collaboration and innovation!
The Charity Roller Coaster encourages participants to collaborate within their small teams, as well as within the larger ‘theme park.’ Each small design team of 5 to 10 people works in their ‘theme park’ area that is located near the working areas of the other teams.
The teams use a mix of provided supplies (PVC, balloons, bamboo stakes, rubber bands, etc.) and anything else they can get their hands on (legally!) to construct a device that will give their marble ‘customers’ the thrill of their little round lives. Each team has very specific design requirements to work from. Whether it’s a corkscrew design, Figure 8, spinning, or twister roller coaster section, there is a specific minimum and maximum amount of time the marble can spend in their area. And not only must each team's section of the roller coaster interface with those before and after it but these sections must meet in ‘no-man’s land’, with each team working collaboratively outside their direct sphere of influence.
Project managers whom you elect oversee the project and uncover your theme park customers’ needs. Place the right mix of thrills and chills without sending any of your customers off the track. Decide whether you’re going to start the ride with kinetic energy or a flywheel launch. And if you’d like, your ‘marketing department’ can present a fun commercial for your ultimate roller coaster before the final moment of truth. Your roller coaster has a minimum marble time requirement to meet and you will be able to deliver multiple marble rides to examine best practices and process improvement. A diversity of roles means a chance for everyone to be included. Time is limited – can you drive innovation, communicate effectively and meet your goals to become true new millennial roller tycoons – by giving back where it’s most needed?
Training Module or DebriefThis program includes a debrief by a trained facilitator focusing on team effectiveness, innovation, communication, seeing the big picture, and time and resource management. The debrief can be customized for your group goals.
Minimum/Maximum Group Size40-500 people. Groups larger than 50 build multiple roller coasters.
Program LengthThe program lasts about 2 hours, and includes a debriefing by a trained facilitator. Roller Coaster has also proven to be an extremely popular grand finale when combined with other Icebreakers, Energizers and Team challenges to create a customized half-day team building event called On Target.
Space RequirementsTwenty square feet per participant, (min. 1000 sq. feet)
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