Monthly Archives: October 2011

LadershipExercise: Paperclip Girder

Purpose of exercise
A short exercise to test creativity and “how to problem solve” skills

Preparation
Split into pairs and seat each pair at a seperate table (or seperate ends of a table)
Give each pair:

  • 1 sheet of A4 with the instructions written on
  • 2 paperclip

·  2 two pence pieces

Exercise
The instructions on the paper need to say something along the lines of:
“using only the materials supplied to you, support the paperclip as far away from the desk edge as possible”
Give them 15 minutes to complete.

For Staff
This is a good one for the : stand back and watch the chaos. principle.
As any creases they make in the paper will stay, they have to think VERY carefully about what they are doing before they start.
If they ask for another sheet of paper, DON’T give it to them. The fact that they rushed into it teaches a valuable lesson and sometimes what gets created from the tatty paper can be impressive!

When finished
Measure the distance from the edge of the desk to the nearest point of the paperclip {this stops them from straightening it out!} Greatest diatance wins!

Give a full de-brief on the designs acheived and how they got to their final design.

LadershipExercise: A Cracking Problem

Purpose of exercise – Initiative Exercise

Preparation – Split cadets into teams – normally 5 or 6 in each seems to work best

Exercise – Build a shock proof container to stop an egg cracking when thrown across a car park by a member of staff
Notes:

  1. The container must allow the egg to be thrown at least 1 meter.
  2. The container only has to be used once.
  3. The egg must remain completely undamaged when extracted from the container.

Time Limit:
You have 30 miuntes.

Materials:

  • 5 sheets of A3 paper,
  • 1 Roll of Selotape,
  • 1 Baloon,
  • 4 elastic bands,
  • 4 paper clips,
  • one raw egg.

For Staff
Choose 1 person to throw all entries.

Although the container only has to go 1 meter, make it known that the one thrown the greatest distance wins and let the team direct the thrower as to how far to throw their design.

Make sure that a member of staff opens the thrown constructions carefully – some of our eggs were not broken but VERY fragile.

EXTRA NOTE: Keep a close eye on your teams during construction, as one team of Senior NCO’s managed to sneak out into the kitchen and hard boil their egg when i wasn’t looking!!

LadershipExercise: Tower Crane

Purpose of exercise – Initiative Exercise

Preparation – Split cadets into teams – normally 5 or 6 in each seems to work best

Exercise – Build a crane that must suspend a Weight at least 6 inches above the ground.
Notes:

  1. The Crane that holds the greatest weight is the winner.
  2. If there is a tie then the winner will be decided by staff on the basis of design excelence.
  3. You can only use the materials provided
  4. The construction must free standing
  5. You must build a container strong enough to contain the weight to be suspended. The 6 inches are measured from the bottom of this container

Time Limit:
You have 40 miuntes.

Materials:

  • 10 sheets of A4 paper,
  • 1 Ruler,
  • 1 Roll of selotape,
  • 1 Glue Stick,
  • 1 Pencil,
  • 4 Paper Clips,
  • 4 Treasuary Tags,
  • 1 length of String

For Staff – As for the ‘Bridges up” exercise, you will need a tower of “Jenga” blocks (or a number of weights that can be added one at a time).
Then start piling on the blocks one at a time until the Tower colapses

BEWARE – some teams make their containers smaller than others so you may need to get some small heavy weights so that there aren’t any draws!

LadershipExercise: Paper Planes

Purpose of exercise
To see if the cadets have learnt anything about aeroplane design and principles of flight and see how inventive they can be putting those lessons into something practical

Preparation
On final parade announce that at the start of the next parade night will be a paper plane competition, whichever flys the longest distance wins (we usually present a box of sweets to the winner)

Exercise
Using only Paper, Cardboard, Sticky Tape and glue. The cadets must build an aeroplane capable of long distance flight.

Nothing apart from the above listed materials may be used. No WEIGHTS of any sort are to be added.

The Planes can be any design, shape and size. There is no minimum or maximum size!

For Staff
This is a fairly easy and good fun exercise. One of the most fun things is trying to spot the ways in which the cadets try and cheat.
By adding hidden weights is normally the favourite.

We have 2 heats, one indoors and then the top 5 from the indoor heats go on to outdoors where we all de-camp to a nearby carpark.

If you want to set and run this exercise all in one parade night, then we have done it where the cadets are split into teams, and given equal ammounts of materials from which to build their aircraft.
An example material list per team would be:

  • 4 sheets of A4 paper
  • a Glue Stick
  • a roll of sticky tape
  • a pencil – (for drawing designs)

·  some coloured pens, after all why shouldn’t they look snazzy!

When finished
Have a presentation to the winner and congratulate any noticeable losers

LadershipExercise: Take Cover !

Purpose of exercise
Very tricky Initiative Exercise that encourages thought of how to utilise objects in different ways

Preparation
Split cadets into teams of no more than 6 people
Collect and place in a pile in the middle of the execise area a selection of equipment to build a shelter with
E.g. For an exercise run inside a cadet hut parade hall the equipment consisted of:

  • 3 chairs
  • 2 Long orange ropes
  • 4 paris of DPM Trousers
  • 4 DPM Combat jackets
  • 2 copies of the Air Cadet Magazine
  • 2 Boot laces
  • 1 wooly hat – Included as a novelty item! But sometimes used!!

    Exercise

  • The team has 15 minutes to design and build a shelter that will keep the entire team covered from above
  • There must be no holes in the roof of the shelter
  • They can use any FIXED objects around the exercise area to attach equipment to, but NO moveable equipment

·  Only the equipment given to them can make up the structure of the roof of the shelter. Reason, No overhanging branches or tables can then be used for the roof, although they can be utilised to attach things to

For Staff
Make sure that the ammount of equipment they have to build the shelter, is only just enough to make a roof for the shelter for 4 or 5 people but not all 6.

Reason being: Teams are used to being given enough equipment to complete a task. So when faced with a “Seemingly” impossible task, in this case because of the lack of equipment, they panic.
This task should teach them a lot about teamwork and overcoming the seemingly impossible. It can be run as a good leaderless exercise and often demonstrates how demoralisation can destroy a team!

When finished
See if the entire team can get under the shelter SAFLEY!

Do a thorough debrief! This is very important with this exercise, as a lot gets learnt.

LadershipExercise: Bridges Up!

Purpose of exercise – Initiative Exercise

Preparation – Split cadets into teams – normally 5 or 6 in each seems to work best

Exercise – Build a bridge to cover the distance measured on the floor. – About 2 foot allows good designs

  • The bridge that supports the maximum number of Jenga blocks is the winner.
  • If there is a tie then the bridge that covers the longest distance without touching the floor is the winner.
  • You can only use the materials provided.
  • The construction must free standing.
  • The teams will have 35 minutes to build and position their bridges

    The material you have is:

  • 20 sheets of paper,
  • 20 sticky labels,
  • 1 Pencil,
  • 4 Paper Clips,
  • 4 Treasuary Tags,

·  1 Glue Stick (shared between 2 groups).

For Staff – Once the time is up then you will need a tower of “Jenga” blocks (or a number of weights that can be added one at a time)
Then start piling on the blocks one at a time until the bridge gives way!
If the bridge holds, then the longest one wins!

LadershipExercise: A possibly sticky situation

Purpose of exercise – Initiative Exercise

Preparation – Split cadets into teams – normally 5 or 6 in each seems to work best

Exercise
Build a construction, that prevents an egg from breaking when falling to the floor
Notes:
i. The construction must free standing.
ii. It must be able of catching an egg falling from a height of 10 Foot without the egg breaking
iii The egg must not touch the floor.
iv. You can only use the materials provided

Time Limit:
You have 35 miuntes.

Materials:
20 sheets of paper,
20 sticky labels,
1 Pencil,
7 elastic bands,
8 paper clips,
one raw egg.

For Staff – You will require some large plastic sheeting if doing this indoors, as much splattering occurred with some designs!
Choose 1 staff member who will be the official “egg dropper” to elimiate any cheeting.
The “Egg Dropper” stood on a table, gave just enough height to test the devices to their limits


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