In Chain Reaction Table Top teams are supplied with a game board and a set of detailed idea cards which they discuss with their group. They share these ideas with other teams to develop a strategy for their overall contraption. Each team designs, builds and tests a number of simple machines. They join them together and retest. Next they join their series of simple machines to the next teams simple machines and work together to ensure it flows from one to the next. Once the contraption is complete and tested, in a grand finale the device is trigger and cascades through each of the simple machines. Much like A Rube Goldberg machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and over-complicated fashion the final action triggers a simple yet amazing final action.
Collaboration between the teams to share knowledge and resources is imperative to success and to extend the limits of creativity. Teams work to develop a common vision, developing a shared strategy which they put into place by applying excellent project and resource management skills. Successful teams understand the task, the cards, assess available resources, make a rough plan and then throughout construction, they appraise, and accordingly adapt and modify their initial plan. In the testing stages teams learn to be persistent in the face of difficulty with an eye for detail in working towards excellence. Chain Reaction develops a true sense of common purpose and a memorable shared experience when their efforts are rewarded with success!
What the team liked most about Chain Reaction was the challenge to connect the tables, which is often an issue during daily work: how to connect with a colleague from another department.