Team Building Ideas

Team Building Challenge – The Spaghetti Tower

A few weeks ago, we hosted a team building challenge in Wellington for a group of year 13 kids from Scots College. We’ve hosted a number of challenges for school kids over the years, and they are pretty similar to the team building events we host for adults. Generally the format is loosely Masterchef challenge based, but teams are required to cook a burger in a much shorter time period.

We added an extra dimension to this team event, which made things a bit more challenging. Kids needed to build a tower built of spaghetti, which would support a marshmallow. Challenge rules are simple:

  • Teams have 18 minutes to create a tower from:
    • 20 strands of spaghetti
    • 1 metre of string
    • 1 metre of sellotape
  • Upon completion, the tower must be able to support a marshmallow
  • The winner is the tallest tower holding the marshmallow on top

Sounds simple, right? But it’s not as easy as it seems. The towers collapsed, or a platform to support the marshmallow was forgotten, or the spaghetti was broken up into small pieces meaning the tower could not be built.

Our main outtake was that teams really needed to work collaboratively to overcome the challenge set. Firstly, team members needed to plan ahead. Secondly, they needed to listen to each other, and take on board the ideas of others. Finally, they needed to be creative and innovative. Basically, everything that makes a team building challenge successful or a team member desirable.

That’s our overly simple explanation. Fortunately, this lovely man did a TED Talk, which explains why this exact team building challenge works. Enjoy!

If you want Social Cooking to add this challenge to your next team building event, get in touch with our team for more information.