Collaboration is one of the main approaches we use at VFS, and term one allows students their earliest experience in managing the complexity of working in teams. The Motion Machine team building exercise, which is part of the Project Management course, introduces students to team dynamics in a fun and challenging way. A twist on this day was the integration of a new Entertainment Business Management class into the teams. This was a great icebreaker for the students from the two programs to get to know one another in a team setting.
Inspired by a Rube Goldberg machine, the students are given a box of dollar store items and the objective of keeping a marble in motion for as long a time as possible, with it ultimately landing into an egg cup. The teams work to create the best contraption that meets the design objective. At the conclusion of the exercise, the students are tasked to review the experience and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their team designs. They’re also asked to describe the level of participation among team members and outline what process they went through to resolve design decisions and any issues of conflict.