Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DON'T BREATH! The Devil in the White City Book Club Game

To start off our The Devil in the White City book club night, I thought it would be fun for the members to experience what Burnham and Root went through to build the "White City" under such a short amount of time.

I spoke with book club member Ashley who mentioned a Ted Talk that she had seen that might be perfect for what I was looking for and she was right!

Each team received this packet with their supplies and instructions,

THE GAME: The Marshmallow Challenge is fun design exercise that allowed our teams of two, to experience collaboration, innovation and creativity as they built their marshmallow towers!

THE RULES: The task is simple: in 15 minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing (not taped down) structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.

The room became quiet and focused as all the members worked to delicately create their unique spaghetti towers. Eyes narrowed, brows furrowed, concentration and luck became necessary as each team prayed their tower wouldn't break or fall over before the time was up.

Hold your breath and hope it holds!

Groans were heard through out the room when I called time because only half of the members were able to complete their tower in the allotted time.

It just proves how hard Burnham and his team of designers and builders had it when they did the impossible of creating the 1893 world's fair in such a short amount of time.

Kellie and Brooke WON the game with their tall tower that beat out all the rest 
(Though, we were all instructed NOT TO BREATH around it lol!)

I gave the winning architects a bag full of old fashioned candies that were either popular or invented in 1893 for their hard work in creating their structure.

This game was the PERFECT way to start our evening and provided a lot of fun to all the members and what's awesome is that this activity will work for any team building activity, not just book clubs so try it for yourself!


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