Let the Games Begin

Welcome new team and DFAmily members!  We are so thrilled and excited to be done with the application process and have the opportunity to officially welcome about 30 new students onto our project teams.

After notifying the new members of their acceptance over the weekend, we wasted no time and had our first full meeting on Tuesday October 1, in the Gross Hall space.  We played a name game to start things off and get to know each other and quickly transitioned into our first team building game.

Katya, our events planner, led an exercise about being stranded on the moon.  The situation was that each team was lost on the moon 200 miles from their mothership and only had certain, limited supplies.  First, team members were given the opportunity to rank the supplies from most to least important individually.  Then, the teams worked as a group to come up with an improved list which was compared to NASA’s standard.  Most people found that their score after collaborating with the team was much higher than when they completed the exercise alone, proving teamwork is effective!

After these “forming” team activities we helped the groups start the other stages of group formation: storming, norming and performing.  Each team exchanged contact information, set up a weekly meeting time and started to discuss each member’s strengths and weaknesses.  This led into our final challenge of the night: to build the tallest tower out of only balloons and tape in 10 minutes.

Here are some pictures of the teams hard at work!

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Thank you again to our advisor, Matt Nash, from Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship for setting us up with the space in Gross Hall.  Also, thank you to our mentor from DFA national, Julian, for Skyping in for this exciting meeting!

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