An hilarious game combining engineering, teamwork activities
and ruthless competition into an awesome event.
Teamwork activities can be great fun, too! In Furious Birds, teams demonstrate their creativity, tenacity and flexibility as they use an assortment of materials to design and assemble an awe-inspiring and effective catapult. Then they face off against another team and attempt to demolish the competition’s fortress by feverishly launching their birds at the defenders. The teamwork activities in this event have many powerful lessons, wrapped in an incredibly fun and high energy format.
Agenda & Activities
Welcome & Warm-Ups (5-10 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff welcome participants and lead some fun warm-ups to get the group fully engaged in the teamwork activities.
Team Up! (5 minutes) Our last warm-up game will also randomly create small teams. Once in their teams, participants take a moment to get to know each other better.
Event Intro (5 minutes) The rules for the event are explained, and materials are distributed to the teams.
3-Hour Version: Recovery Challenges (90 minutes) Add additional opportunities to practice teamwork skills. Teams recover as many parts as possible for building their catapult, but the parts are located within obstacles that the team must overcome in order to gain access to them.
Design Phase (5-10 minutes) The teams examine their building materials and develop various ideas for what to build and how to build it. This is done as a separate phase so that conversations can take place later on about how the group shares, and hears, different ideas.
Building Phase (30-60 minutes) Teams build their catapults with one eye on creativity and the other on quality. Their catapult will earn points for creativity, quality, and how well it throws. This creates interesting insights into how the team makes decisions and executes their plans.
PR & Test Range (10 minutes) Each team brings their catapult to the launching area to brag about their engineering and creative superiority. They will then have an opportunity to do a test round and make improvements before the main event.
The Duel (10 minutes) Each team is paired up with another team, and attempts to fire as many birds as they can at the other team’s wall to knock down their pigs, while at the same time keep their own wall rebuilt while under fire. Final points are awarded based on the quality of their catapult, how much wall their team has standing, and how many pigs have survived.
Team Presentations Optional (10-15 min) The teams come together after the teamwork activities to share insights about what it takes to be creative AND effective, especially while under time pressure and facing stiff competition.