Chain Reaction is an energetic collaborative team building event, inspired by the Pulitzer-winner cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor Rube Goldberg. Using his engineering skills, Rube Goldberg depicted bizarre mechanisms that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. The inspiration is now a real experience for your team.
Create a Series of Simple Machines & Join them Together
In Chain Reaction, teams will compete against each other to design and assemble their own simple machine. The machine should perform a very simple task in an insanely complex manner and it should operate fully functionally. Each team designs builds and tests a number of simple machines. Next, they join them together and retest. As the final test gets closer, they join their simple machines to the next teams’ simple machines and work together to ensure it flows from one to the next. Since the mission is challenging, teams have to think strategically and develop a common vision to bring their crazy invention to life!
This is a fun, lively exercise where teams build tabletop contraptions where teams will embark on a creative, collaborative experience unleashing the ultimate Chain Reaction! Much like A Rube Goldberg machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and over-complicated fashion the final action triggers a simple yet amazing final action. Whether the team finds success or failure, the takeaways for your team will be long-lasting.
This is an indoor activity so we will need a large, private function space with a long table for each team, as well as 4 large rectangular tables at the front of the room for challenge materials. Chairs for each participant are optional. If the group is larger than 50 people we will also need a microphone and speaker setup.
This event is perfect for groups looking to:
- Support strategic planning
- Develop networking skills
- Improve time management
- Inspire creativity and fun
As with all TeamBonding events, we are happy to customize this event by incorporating your company message into the introduction and debrief. We can also help you customize what the final reveal will be.
Looking for a competitive version of the same concept with a winning team? Check out Domino Effect!
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.
"Our team of 40+ engineers at Google really enjoyed Chain Reaction. If you are looking for a challenging, inclusive and all-around great team building activity this is the one! It forces teams to collaborate and creates an atmosphere of a friendly competition. Most importantly, teams leave with a sense of cohesion that they can definitely translate to their daily work lives."
"I went with the Chain Reaction program for an offsite with one of my Engineering Leadership team, the group loved the activity and were fully involved. The program is fun and creative. I loved watching them all have fun and working together. The facilitator was very helpful and enthusiastic. I was very pleased and would definitely recommend it!"
"Our company-wide meeting this summer included a Team Bonding event. Our goal was the get people to work with co-workers outside of their usual interactions and to have fun doing it. It was a success! Everyone got into the activity and the facilitators were great at encouraging people and keeping the atmosphere fun. Booking and planning the event was super easy, and everything went smoothly the day of- definitely a great experience!"
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