Last Sunday, teamwork as well as innovation were demanded at the centre. The students had to design the highest tower with the use of drinking straws and paper-clips only. They were divided into two groups of three. The team building the highest tower- which had to stand by itself- would eventually be the winner. To my surprise, nobody grumbled nor found the task as difficult as I thought they would. Instead, all of them were busily trying to put the drinking straws together and to find a solution to make their tower stand up.
After some struggle, and some amusing jokes in between, both team were able to built up their own tower. Unfortunately, there had to be a winner and the team as you can see in the lower right quadrant of the picture, won! Yet, the other team did an interesting tower as well. Joey, from the other team, had the ingenious idea of tying up the pipe to the curtain for support. And it worked because the tower was then the highest and standing up! But rules are rules, and they had to use only the materials provided. Just too bad guys. Yet, this resourceful idea should be praised.
I was glad that both team tried to do their best and, though the teamwork was not perfect, they somehow managed to communicate to complete their task. So, in the end ‘Intelligent Tower’ (named by the team) won. Both towers were put high up a cupboard. Hopefully they will not fall apart by the end of the week!