Imagine the atmosphere as your team enters a toyshop full of giant sized construction pieces - a set of metal and plastic components, parts, nuts and bolts, ready to be made into mechanical models! The objective is to build a series of large contraptions which, when placed in the right sequence, perform an amazing chain reaction of events where each device triggers the next in an ingenious way.
Execution of every element of a plan needs to be perfect to create a knock on effect to other teams working towards the same goal. Working within time constraints means that good communication between teams is essential for the seamless integration of every team’s efforts, leading to success in a spectacular finale.
Learning and development outcomes
If teams get everything right the final piece is triggered, the one tonne weight drops and the rat gets it (well not literally).
Rat Trap is a team building event where groups work collaboratively to achieve a common goal.
Rather than being led by instructions, teams use their own ingenuity to work out what goes where and who does what. This means the end result is a pure representation of their endeavours, resourcefulness and communication.
The trick with Rat Trap is for teams to be conscious of the bigger picture, as each structure has to be built in the right way and be placed in the right position for everything to work.
The end result, which started life as a room full of ‘bits’, never fails to inspire groups and show them what they are capable of when they apply a little teamwork and lateral thinking.