During the first phase of this assignment, I felt my partners and I did an excellent job of communicating and delegating all tasks evenly. We came up with a strategy that we felt would be simple to accomplish and an overall sturdy design. While our planning went well, the execution fell through completely. Our original idea was not successful, and caused a minor moment of panic amongst the group. Communication throughout the second phase was the most challenging for our group in particular.
Due to our lack of a Plan B, we were left with nothing to do, other then each group member grabbing different materials, working on one portion of the tower separately, and hoping that it would all come together in the end. If we had cider to draw out our design or even come up with a back-up plan, we might have been one of the more efficient groups. Going into this project, we all agreed on one single design. Our lack of critical thinking skills left us with a faulty design and a short and unstable tower.
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The most important piece of any tower is the foundation. The legs are what support all of the weight, and would determine the success or failure of your tower. Our group foolishly decided that we would create stilts, using only paper and rubber bands to hold up the heavier plastic and cardboard materials. This lack of a solid and absolutist foundation led to the dwindling of our tower. As a whole, I feel this assignment relates to the cohort’s everyday growth as students in many ways.
We were given a real life example of what it is like working with peers, and using effective communication skills. I also feel that the tower alone was a metaphor for academic success, in that without a solid foundation of organization, it is difficult to achieve scholarly work. This activity was beneficial to others, and myself, as it has provided a new perspective to the abilities that a high school, and college student, require everyday. Photo Realism By chinchilla’s