# Tallest Tower Teamwork Activity, with LEGO Bricks

## Summary

Photo showing 5 different towers made out of LEGO bricks, on display side by side. Each tower varies in height and construction because each was made by a different group of students as part of a teamwork activity.

Small teams build towers out of LEGO bricks -- with some caveats to challenge their teamwork &/or creativity.

## Setup

### Groups

• 2-5 individuals per group
• randomly assigned or deliberately mixed (mix of learning styles, or mix those who don't usually work together)

### Materials

• A nearly-identical collection of misc. LEGO bricks for each group (about 70 bricks of various sizes, see *** for an example "mini-kit")
• Ample, clear, stable desktop or tabletop space for each group
• Timer (with alarm/buzzer/bell) or highly visible clock
• Optional: a large, flat tray (cookie sheet or cafeteria tray or box lid) for each group, to contain LEGO pieces while working, to avoid spills/loss

### Time

• ~15 minutes total, minimum
• Add 10 minutes for each repeat with variations
• Reserve 5 minutes for debrief and cleanup

## Procedure/Directions

1. Do not start building until given the "lego" signal.
2. You will be given a limited time ([__] minutes) to build, you must stop building when given the "stop" signal.
3. Your objective is to build the tallest free-standing tower possible.
4. Everyone in your group must participate.
5. You must use only the LEGO pieces you are given. (may not share/trade/give/steal)
6. If your tower falls, you may start over, but you will not be given extra time.
7. The only other rule(s) you must follow is(are)...
[choose one or more of the Rule Variations below]
8. Wiggle your fingers in the air to show you are ready to build. Ready...set...LEGO!
9. [Give 5-10 minutes for each building activity.]

## Rule Variations

• Each of you must take turns adding bricks to the tower; 1 brick per person per turn. No touching bricks when it is not your turn.
• You may not talk.
• Each of you must keep one hand behind your back at all times.
• One person in the group may not touch the LEGO pieces, and the others may not talk.
[or vice-versa][Teacher/facilitator decides who; pick the most grabby one of the group.]
• If your tower falls over, you will automatically lose. Build so your tower doesn't fall over!
• If anyone drops a piece (or knocks a piece so that it falls), that piece must be removed ("out of play") for the rest of the activity.
• You will have only 1 minute to build.
• You are allowed to share pieces. [Say no more. This could potentially result in the whole class building one large tower together, but don't give away that option.]

## Closure, Debrief

• We're going to reflect on this activity now. Let's keep our comments positive, please. The point of this activity was to have fun and learn about teamwork.
• Look around at other towers. What do you notice?
• Those who made the tallest tower: What was your strategy?
• Did anyone see or hear any creative ideas?
• Did anyone see or hear great examples of teamwork?
• What were the hard parts of this activity?
• Thinking back on what you did, how could you have been a better teammate? Share these thoughts with your group.
• Please put the LEGO sets back in order, and check the area for lost pieces. Thank you!

### Awards?

• Give awards/recognition for:
• tallest tower
• best teamwork
• most perseverance
• most creative, etc.
• Make simple little LEGO "trophies" or "plaques" for awards.
• Take photos of each group with their tower &/or awards.