The Launch™
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The Launch™ Overview

Your group practices innovative ways to create and implement ideas effectively as a team by working through this complex activity. No boring lectures here; The Launch™ is fun and energizing experience.

How The Launch™ Works

Teams of 6–10 build a catapult–type mechanism of PVC pipe to launch water balloons into a target area, with points given for distance and accuracy.

Each team is provided with building materials and an R&D report containing 2 potential—though not perfect— designs. Teams have 45 minutes to build and test their device, followed by a final demo of their creations.

Depending on your desired outcomes and time, it can be structured as a fun competition between teams for the best device or customized with an optional activity to examine and emphasize strategic thinking focused on collaboration between teams.

The Launch has been used quite successfully as a powerful wrap–up for conferences, a mid–point energizer, or as a lively teambuilding activity, stand–alone or complementing other activities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Increase clear and effective communication
  • Enhance teamwork and leadership skills
  • Develop problem–solving capabilities
  • Encourage flexibility and innovation

Resource Requirements

Outdoor activity; 2–3 hours