This is included in the activities chapter of the book.
We have the package to purchase if need one!
Any age group!
Purchase one 8-9 foot section of 2 pvc pipe.
Have someone carefully saw the pvc pipe long ways in half.
Now cut the pieces of pipe into sections 12 to 18 inches long.
You’ll use three ping pong balls for the project.
A basket (like a pen/pencil holder) will be used for the end of the line container.
When starting, all you tell the group is:
Here’s the objective: three ping pong balls go from me to the bucket
Three rules: ping pong balls cannot stop, go backwards or be touched
Here’s starting point A (where you are standing) and there’s the goal (small basket/box sitting on a chair – some feet away).
Then say, your resources are these (dump the pipes out of a bag).
Then say, “go”.
Watch them look around like there’s more details (don’t tell them, just repeat the objective, three rules).
Someone will get the point of lining up and holding the pipe just right.
Watch as a leader emerges. Ideas are suggested. Frustration sets in.
When they ask you for details or “will this work”? Just say, objective, 3 rules…go for it!
They usually start by standing all on the same side (crowded). After a couple of times, you might ask, “does everyone have to be on the same side? (no, they can alternate sides).
They usually start the pipeline high, the ball picks up too much speed and pops out of the run. Ask them, “What’s the problem?” why? (too much speed, too much of a decline) [all you need is a 1 degree tilt]
The pipe has to be laid just under the next section for an even flow.
They’ll figure out the kinks.
Talk about the project afterwards….project objective, rules, limited details, problem solving, communication, team work.
For more of a challenge, begin the starting point further back than what the pipe will go. The people at the beginning will have to run to the other end, line up and continue the pipeline.
Purchase one or two pieces of two inch elbows to add some variety.
We have set-ups available call for details: 866.677.1308