Discover what it takes to be a great team player,
and work with others to be a great team.
Being a team player is an important life skill! This program helps students clearly identify their strengths, and how to work with others to accomplish more than they could on their own. The program is a combination of interactive learning and hands-on activities that allow participants to explore their team style, and see the consequences of going solo versus working with the team.
Agenda & Activities
Welcome & Warm-Ups (10-15 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff welcome the group and set expectations for the event. We then lead some fun warm-up activities that get the group moving and ready to fully participate.
Team Players Checklist (20-30 minutes) This is a group discussion and brief presentation about the traits of great team players. Participants identify their own strengths and areas they will want to develop.
Thinking Styles Activity (45-60 minutes) In this interactive learning game, participants gain valuable insights into their own strengths on a team, and how to appreciate and utilize other people’s strengths. Using this knowledge, participants evaluate how they can be better team players and support their team mates.
Team Player Exercises (60-120 minutes) These hands-on activities demonstrate the effects of operating as a team player versus as an individual. Other options are available based on the specific needs of your group.
- Apollo 13 Teams are challenged to save the astronauts aboard Apollo 13 by making an air filter that will fit two different sockets using only the jumble of items available on the spacecraft. This involves strategic planning, problem solving and resource utilization all rolled into one fun activity.
- Lunar Rover Teams work to design and engineer a remote controlled vehicle that will retrieve various pieces of equipment from the Moon’s surface for transport to Earth. Different items are located in various precarious situations, and have differing levels of value. Teams will need to brainstorm solutions, and agree on a strategy to pursue.
Review & Wrap-up Activity (5-20 minutes) The team shares their observations about how they performed, and how to apply those lessons to specific situations faced at school or in group activities. We end with a fun, but thought provoking activity and a team picture.