Divide students into groups of 4. Give each group 6 large plastic cups, a rubberband, and 1 piece of yarn or string 12”-18” long. Demonstrate how to tie the string to the rubberband, forming 4 corners. This will be used as a tool, as each student pulls their yarn, stretching the rubber band larger.The group sets up their 6 cups: 3 mouth down and 3 mouth up, balanced on each other. The goal is for students using only their rubberband-yarn tool (no hands) to move the cups into a pyramid (base of 3 cups, 2 cups, 1 cup on top). Teams must use synergy for this to work!
Not only was this lesson so interesting (and entertaining!) to watch, but observing which groups actually worked together to be successful was eye-opening! One group built their pyramid so quickly, that I gave them 10 cups to build their pyramid (4-3-2-1)!
A fantastic discussion on synergy followed this Cup Challenge! Working together (or not) was very evident in certain groups; but they all now understand this necessary skill! How do you teach teamwork?