First Day Cup Stacking Challenge!

Cup Stacking Challenge Promotes Teamwork!

Welcome to Science from Scientists (SfS)! Tuesday was our first day this semester at Garfield Middle School with the 6th grade.  We did introductions, went over some first day rules, and then the students very eagerly completed a teambuilding activity.

Your student’s scientists for this semester are Ms. Jenna Conversano and Ms. Elizabeth Gustafson. Ms. Conversano is a biologist by training who has done fieldwork with ants and dolphins, and now works full-time for SfS as an instructor and Module Team Program Manager. Ms. Gustafson is excited to start her first semester with SfS. She majored in Natural Sciences in college and was a middle school science teacher. We are both very excited for this semester at Garfield!

Today, students completed an exciting lesson on teamwork as they worked together to complete a series of cup stacking challenges. Although many students had done this last year, they were excited to try it again as 6th graders! Team members had to work together to stack plastic cups in a number of different arrangements without touching the cups with their hands. Armed with only one elastic band and some lengths of string, students had to communicate, cooperate, and compromise to get the job done.

After the challenge, we reflected on our individual and group behaviors and now have a better understanding of what it takes to become a successful team. These new skills will not only greatly benefit our future science lessons, but they will help students succeed at future group work in any other subject too!

Other Teambuilding Challenge Resources:

El reto de apilar vasos promueve el trabajo en equipo  Hoy, los estudiantes realizaron una actividad muy interesante para fortalecer el trabajo en equipo. Los miembros de cada equipos debían trabajar en conjunto con el objetivo de apilar vasos plásticos para armar distintas formas. El reto consintió en no tocar los vasos con sus manos, sino que con un elástico y pedazos de cuerda de distinto largo, por lo tanto los estudiantes debieron comunicarse, colaborar y comprometerse para poder lograr el reto. Después de terminar con los retos, conversamos sobre las conductas tanto grupales como individuales que se necesitan para ser un equipo de trabajo exitoso. Estas habilidades serán muy importantes para nuestras clases de ciencia, pero también los ayudarán a trabajar en equipo en otros temas.  

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