FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Core Values Challenge – STAYING ALOFT

Any coach knows that you put a lot of time into helping your team prepare.  I try to let my team set their own agenda for meetings, while I nudge them in the right direction and remind them of time constraints.  One exception is core values activities. I need to prepare the practice challenges in advance, without the help of the team, so they get the experience of dealing with an unfamiliar task without any notice.  I love this activity, which I call Staying Aloft, because no prep is required.  That makes my life as a coach easier.

THIS WEEK’S CORE VALUES CHALLENGE:
STAYING ALOFT

Materials:
1 square of toilet paper

Setup:
None required

Instructions to the team:
Here is a square of toilet paper. See how long you can keep it in the air by blowing it. You are not allowed to touch the square; you can only use your breath.

Discussion:
This game encourages teamwork and cooperation – but mainly, it’s just a fun thing for the team to do. Ask team members if they find it easier to focus on the FLL challenge after taking a short break. Does working together to keep the square of toilet paper aloft make it easier for them to work together on the challenge, too?

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