This article was inspired by a visit to the Forge Initiative in Cary, North Carolina. The Forge Initiative is a STEM/Makerspace for kids, adults and several FIRST teams.
The above photograph is an organized wall full of misalaneous items. There are balls and bells, cardboard and foamboard, popsicle sticks and cones, bandanas and more. All the items were neatly organized alphabetically. I love this idea of keeping a random collection of objects. While our own collection is not nearly as organized, I too like to pull random objects toghether to come up with team building activities.
Whether you are a FIRST LEGO League team, a company employee, or a member of boy scout’s troop, team building activities are pretty commonplace. They are a great way to learn to work together and appreciate each other.
Just google team building on the Internet. If you look at EV3Lessons.com (Resources), you will see that there are over 37 Team Building Activities. These are various activities actually done by FIRST LEGO League teams. There are some that are designed as get-to-know-you activities. These are great at the start of the season. There are some that help teams realize the role that each person plays. No matter what activity you pick, understand that the goal is for the kids on the team to learn to work together and appreciate one another.
NOTE: As of August 8, 2017, the Core Values/Team Building section of EV3Lessons is being redesigned. All the 37 activities will be put back as they get reformatted.