Leadership Inspirations Activities

Cars

An activity where group members will try to make it through the course without crashing

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Obstacles, Blindfolds (Optional)

 

SUMMARY

This activity builds trust and good communication skills by pairing students up to navigate a course without crashing.

 

SET UP

  • Set up an obstacle course of desks/chairs/cones/pieces of clothing/etc. in the room or open space that you are in.
  • Gather enough blindfolds for ½ of your total participants.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Students assemble into groups of 2 and assign one student as the driver and the other as the car.
  • Each car is blindfolded so the driver is in charge of steering the car clear of all obstacles only with his/her voice (no touching is allowed).
  • Every time the car crashes into an obstacle, the driver and car must return to the start line.
  • The first team to make it through the course without crashing is the winner!

VARIATIONS

  • You can also use groups of more than 2. One student will be the car and all the others will be the drivers.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?