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Lost on the Moon

NASA Exercise: Lost on the Moon

See PDF Moon exercise

Props/Prep: Yes
Time: 25-45 min
Audience: Any (teams)
Physical: No

This team building game is best done in groups of 4-6 people. This game requires people to communicate and make decisions, and to come to a consensus by ranking items on the game list. The goal of the game is to collaborate to create the perfect response to the scenario given and score higher than the other teams. Fun, paper and pen based. See debriefing comments below.

Facilitator observations: Watch participants related to consensus, agreeing, conflict, group behaviour, give & take, self silencing, etc.

Time Requirements: 25-45 minutes

Materials needed: NASA exercise: Survival on the Moon ‘player game sheet’

Procedure:

Game:

  • Hand out NASA exercise: Survival on the Moon ‘player game sheet’. Have participants individually rank items on the list in order from most to least importance. 
  • Next, have participants meet as a group and re-rank items in group consensus.
  • Read out the correct ranking and rational to the entire group.
  • Allow a couple of minutes for the groups to talk – they are going to want to talk to each other about choices they did or did not make!

Debrief Questions (choose a few to discuss):

  • How were decisions made?
  • Who influenced the decisions and how?
  • How could better decisions have been made?
  • Did people listen to each other, if not – why?
  • What roles did group members adopt?
  • How was conflict managed?
  • What kinds of behaviour helped or hindered the group?
  • How did people feel about the final decisions?  Rank satisfaction level among group and discuss.
  • What have you learned about the functioning of this group?
  • How would you do the activity differently if you were asked to do it again?
  • What situations at work, home, school, do you think are like this exercise?

Function in Class: This game can be used at the beginning, middle, or end of a class time. It can be the practical application related to team function, collaboration, cooperation, conflict resolution, consensus, group function, etc. This is a great game to help facilitate positive group function and professional collaboration.