Mars Surface Rover Game - Team
Develop Out-of-this-World Teamwork Skills
"Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.” TheMars Surface Rover – Team Version is an interactive training game that ideally demonstrates the truth of this quote via a two-part, hands-on team building exercise. Through a series of tasks, participants will be challenged first as individuals in a group, then as team working together, to construct a vehicle model. This experiential activity shows the importance of implementing a true team environment and how, through teamwork, each contributor can experience greater success.
The primary goals of this activity are for participants to:
In today’s workplace, we generously call any group of individuals with the slightest connection to each other a team. However, it takes more than simply referring to a group as a “team” to guarantee that they will function as one.
Originally created to teach leadership skills, HRDQ responded to numerous customer requests and created the Mars Surface Rover – Team Version. This two-part training activity allows participants to experience first-hand the differences in efficiency, performance, and results when groups of people actually work together as a team. This hands-on game will help foster a supportive environment that values interdependence, common goals, continuous interaction and diversity of skills.
Uses for the Product
Mars Surface Rover — Team Version includes enough materials to conduct a training session with up to 21 participants per session. Even though several teams can be trained simultaneously with the purchase of additional MSR materials, we strongly recommend limiting the number of individuals per team to 4–7, with 6 being the optimal choice.
How it Works
The Mars Surface Rover – Team Version is a two- part interactive game. In Part One of the training session, individual participants complete assigned tasks, without help from others, that contribute to the construction of the Mars Surface Rover. In Part Two, the participants work together to design and construct the Mars Surface Rover.
Allow approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours to complete the entire exercise. Once they’ve received their instructions, participants will complete Parts One and Two including data collection. The training facilitator will then lead the group through a series of debriefing questions intended to help each individual learn to apply teamwork principles in their workplace.
Mars Surface Rover Game - Leadership
The Mars Surface Rover - Leadership Edition is an interactive training game ideal for teaching new or experienced leaders and managers how to develop a facilitative leadership style. This hands-on activity allows participants to see the damaging consequences of traditional and passive leadership styles and experience the benefits of facilitative leadership. This exercise is based upon six skills:
Mars Surface Rover is a highly interactive hands-on instructional game that takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Three teams are assigned the task of building a prototype astronaut vehicle. Using private instructions, team leaders guide their teams passively, traditionally, or facilitatively. When teams race their vehicles at the end of the game, the rover built by the team with the facilitative leader usually wins!
The Mars Surface Rover – Leadership Edition learning experience is designed for individuals who need to develop an effective leadership style. Ideal for: