Chain Reaction Table Top, similar to a Rube Goldberg machine, is designed to carry out simple, easy tasks in an overly complicated and indirect manner. The activity involves a board game and a set of idea cards. Teams must share and discuss ideas in their individual groups. They then discuss their ideas with the other teams in order to develop an overall strategy for their contraption. The contraption involves a number of simple machines that are joined together to make a chain reaction. Each team must build, design, test and retest their machines. They join them together to ensure the machines are synchronised and flow from one to the next.
It’s time for the Grand Finale! The chain reaction is triggered and cascades through the machines, carrying out a simple task in an exciting way!
Collaboration between teams is the key to success in this team building activity! To ensure their machines flow well together, each team must work alongside one another. They must work towards developing a common vision and a shared strategy. Creativity, project and resource management will be at an all-time high during this challenge. Successful teams are those that understand the objective, assess their resources, make a plan and divide out construction. During the testing stage, teams face difficulties but learn to become persistent. Those with good attention to detail will be successful. Chain Reaction Table Top is a shared experience that brings your team closer together and gives them a sense of common purpose.
What the team liked most about Chain Reaction was the challenge to connect the tables, which is often an issue during daily work: how to connect with a colleague from another department.