Communicator & LEGO & Team Building
Doug Flewelling (dougf@GROUSE.UMESVE.MAINE.EDU)
Thu, 15 Sep 1994 11:47:42 -0400
Peter Van Houtens post on his Webelos meeting gave me an idea for our
meeting last night. I went to Toys For Us (as my youngest used to call it)
and got a couple of those little LEGO vehicles. The instructions for LEGO
are some of the best in the world because they are visual. I paired off the
boys and gave each pair a set of LEGO, one got the instructions and the
other pieces. They sat back to back and using verbal instructions only they
had to assemble the vehicle.
After each pair had finished we swapped vehicles and positions and did it
again. It took the boys about 15 minutes to complete some of the 'simple'
vehicles. The boys loved it and they sat still for about a half an hour
really concentrating. Over snack we discussed what can get in the way of
communicating: too much information, distractions, only one channel
(verbal), no feedback, etc.
This was one of those meetings where things turned out almost perfect. :-)
I would recommend this to any group including Boy Scouts to illustrate how
difficult communicating and functioning as a team can be. To complicate it
even more you might try using the telephone game where the instructions get
passed down the line of boys in the patrol and the model is built out of
sight of the instructor.
Webelos Den Leader, Eagle Den
Pack 301, Bangor, ME
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City