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Ignite a Spark with Great Group Games

Ignite a Spark With Great Group Games The Big Bang: Pose a question and ask teens to mingle and form groups as quickly as possible, equal in size to the number of times you bang the pan. Give each group a new question to discuss. Bang the pan a different number of times as teens race to form new groups. Repeat this round of play several times. The final time, bang the pan the same number of times as there are teens to form one group. Teens sit in two evenly divided lines facing each other. Ask team members to hold hands and close their eyes, except for one member at the start of each line. Stand a colored marker upright at the end of each line. As the leader, sit facing both starting players and flip a coin. If the coin lands heads up, then play begins. Chain Reaction: The first player in each line squeezes the hand of the player next to them. The player at the end of the line whose hand is squeezed first, grabs the marker, signifying a win for the round and moves up to the start of the line to begin another round. If a player accidentally starts the hand squeeze when the toss is tails, the opposing team advances one player to the head of the line. The goal is to rotate all players to the head of the line and return the first player to the start of the line. Adapted from the Pan Game on page 57. On Your Ma.rk, p. 91

)) Ignite a Spark With Great Group Games Parallel Universes: Ask players to sit in a circle, and to start the game, say a random word or phrase (such as peanut butter). The person to his or her right then says the first word or phrase that comes to mind (ex:, jelly). Continue around the circle until all players have a chance to make a word association. Going Deeper: How does this activity reflect the power of group brainstorming and thinking? How might this game help you think quickly on your feet? What helps you with brainstorming? Creative writing? Other artistic tasks? Hydro Float off: All from Parallel Words, p. 110 Build A Boat, p. 125 Divide into teams of 6-10. Each team gets 25 minutes to construct a floatation device from the supplies they’ve been given (straws and tape). Their crafts must be able to float in the tub and support the weight of the water bottle without sinking. Variations: ‘Build a Bridge’ with newspaper and duct tape that is tall enough for a backpack to fit underneath and sturdy enough to hold the backpack’s weight. ‘Build a Tower’ using straws and paper clips to construct the tallest structure that stands on its own. Parallel Words, p. 110 Build A Boat, p. 125

Challenge : create new playing pieces Challenge: create a new game board Challenge: create new mystery dates Our brain’s sympathetic neurons release norepinephrine, an adrenaline like neurotransmitter. Name one symptom of this process. spurs motivational decision making. increases the rate of contraction in the heart. Challenge : create new playing pieces Challenge: create a new game board Challenge: create new mystery dates an increase in the likelihood of physical attraction to a person of interest nearby an increase in the rate of your heartbeat = With the Science of Mystery Date Milton Bradley, 1965

Discover the Doughnut Galaxy An international team of scientists has found more evidence that massive black holes are surrounded by a doughnut shaped gas cloud which, depending on our line of sight, blocks the view of the black hole in the center. -nasa.gov, June 20, 2004 Scientists Spot Doughnut Shaped Cloud With a Black Hole Filling: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2004/0720donutcloud.html

Doughnuts in Space You will need: Doughnuts: one per participant Wooden Dowels Yarn Moist Paper Towels Plastic Tarp or Tablecloth Video Cameras or IPads

It’s Deep-Fried! It’s Glazed! It’s Doughnut Poetry! So, it’s okay if there’s a hole in the logic. Doughnut Poetry is acid poetry with a hole; the exquisite corpse of word desserts, explosive, shocking in their infinite sweetness. Poetry with silly rules and a sugar rush ! Have HOT fun NOW With Doughnut Poetry

Super Glowing Doughnut Challenge In 15 minutes, create a Group Game that meets this criteria. Uses: Teams of 8 3 doughnuts (inner tubes) 3 glow necklaces 4 finger lights 12” of masking tape Is Played: In the dark, 3- 5 minutes long Goals: To always keep the blue doughnut on the ground to keep the pink one from touching the ground,and to return with them in the correct order, GPB 12” of tape

Adjust team sizes, props, and goals, but always require the outcome be reliant upon color recognition and be played in the dark. Works best if inner tubes and glowing props are different colors. (The key scientific factor here is light absorption). For the maximum team building benefits, always keep the number of light sources just shy of enough to go around, that is one for each player. Suggest teams pick a time keeper and after 5 minutes, also a leader.

The Tardis

"It's called the Tardis...... it can travel anywhere in time and space...... and it's mine !" -The Eleventh Doctor Actor, Matt Smith Build a TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space)

“Harmless is just a word, that’s why I love it! Doesn’t wound, doesn’t harm, doesn’t maim. I’ll tell you what it does do.... …it is very good, at opening doors!” -Doctor Who Sonic Screwdrivers of the Doctors Eleven

“Harmless is just a word, that’s why I love it! Doesn’t wound, doesn’t harm, doesn’t maim. I’ll tell you what it does do.... …it is very good, at opening doors!” -Doctor Who Make a Sonic Screwdriver

“Yeah, it’s cool, bow ties are cool.” -Doctor Who Make a Doctor Who Bow Tie

Make a Doctor Who Bow Tie Small groups? Go traditional. Pattern included. DIY Duct Tape TARDIS Bow Tie, Wallet & Bag Begin with several rolls of royal blue, white, black, and clear duct tape, a white paint marker, some scissors, Goo Gone and a rag. Patterns aplenty available online and in books too!

RQ Code Cube & Doctor Who Challenge Cube Inspired by a good reads discussion group event of South African Book Lovers Adapt to Time Travel or Other Themes Create an RQ Code Cube

Set some dates. Send the call out well in advance. Attention all DIYs! Ask a few community members involved in a STEM field to judge at the event. Ask a few businesses for their support by donating prizes. And don’t forget to prepare a display space for the winners!. Consider a Sci-Fi Craft-Off

eyewire.org is mapping the neurons of the human brain, starting with the retina.

Particles, Patterns, Paths on Pinterest Recycle those cardboard tubes

Social Science: How We Behave in Groups

Falling vs. Dropping Fall down in a public place and see how many people come to check on you. At another time, get down in the middle of the floor and pretend you are looking for a lost contact lens or piece of jewelry. Which situation do you think would bring more assistance. Why? Social Science How We Behave in Groups

Here’s a fun thing to do in social groups. Make up a fairly realistic news story, and ask the others about it. For example: "Did anyone see that story about the State Representative that was in that hit and run accident this morning? 1out of 5 people will say ‘yes’. Then ask: "Did you see what state he was from?" 1 out of 5 of those people will provide an answer. Many people will tell little white lies just to look knowledgeable. Social Science How We Behave in Groups Social Science How We Behave in Groups

Social Mapping Can you map your social world?

Playing the Greatest Game in the Universe Round #1 Charades On pieces of scratch paper, write down a word, topic, title, idea or phrase. Each person contributes five. Fold them up and drop them in a basket, box or hat. Select a score keeper. Divide into two teams. Each team selects a time keeper who minds the play clock while the opposing team is in play. The team with the youngest person goes first, but the oldest player goes first. Time keeper starts the clock for 30 seconds. Draw a clue from the box and act it out for your team mates. No sounds allowed. Same rules as Charades apply here. As soon as they guess it correctly, draw another clue and keep going until the time keeper calls it. Tally the points and return all the clues to the box for Round #2.

Return all clues to the box and get ready for Round #3. Continue with the same order of play, but with these new rules. Describe the clue without using any word(s) or any forms of the word(s) in the clue. How many clues can your team get right in 30 seconds? Each correct clue earns the team one point. Continue play, rotating teams until all clues have been guessed. Playing the Greatest Game in the Universe Round #2 Taboo Style

Playing the Greatest Game in the Universe Round #3 Same routine only now these rules apply. By saying just one word per clue, how many clues can your team get correct in 30 seconds? Each correct guess earns a point. A nod to the 1970’s game Show The \$10,000 Pyramid. Play until the box is empty. Tally the points to find the winner!

With Makey

With Singing Fingers

Because Microbes are often dangerous and stunningly beautiful, why not make them our friends? Keep your enemies closer!

by Making Microbe Dolls Penicillin Tuberculosis Common Cold E. coli

Making Balloon Prints http://www.pinterest.com/pin/54535 7836097851650/

with Glowing Globes http://www.pinterest.com/pin/4080 68416205957506/

Place glow sticks in glasses of water. When the xylophone is played in the dark, auras become visible. A super cool trick for all ages! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/218072806929266304/ with Cool Special Effects

Cut open glow sticks and pour them in bubble solution. Oh-l à -l à ! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/14517 0787960286545 / with Glow in the Dark Bubbles

with Out of Sight Paper Crafts http://www.duitang.com/people/ mblog/76227263/detail / cut 10

with Giant Marbles Fill a balloon with water and food coloring, freeze it, and after frozen, cut away the rubber. Of course they wouldn’t last long here, but they sure are beautiful! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/3847 05993139077588 /

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