Seems easy, right? The students thought so, too, and then we told them the three rules. First, the goal is to SAVE Fred which means that one can not puncture him, poke, or hurt him! Second, Fred may not fall into the water (desk surface) more than one time. Third, participants may only use the paper clips to touch Fred, the lifejacket, and the boat. Touching anything with one's hands results in starting the activity over. Now how easy will it be to Save Fred?
As the students began to collaborate with their teammates to save Fred, the various discussions went in several directions. Many teams decided to strategize ways to save Fred, while others decided to take the trial and error route.
The consensus? Each group member was necessary to save Fred. What a great activity to experience the value and necessity for being a part of a team!
This activity was developed by Alice Parker, Kim Trefz, and Jillian Hinesley.