Antarctic Challenge

Teams plan a complex project and present findings to achieve results

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In Antarctic Challenge, teams have to plan a complex project and present their findings in a way that will achieve results. Ideal for developing project planning and teamwork skills. Realistic, motivating, challenging!

Learning Objectives

  • Illustrates the need for team brainstorming to get ideas on the table
  • Demonstrates the need to break a project into bite-sized chunks
  • Raises awareness of how team members need to communicate with one another
  • Stresses importance of planning schedules and cost accounting
  • Emphasizes the need to plan a presentation with audience's needs in mind



For 3-24 (up to four teams of 3-8 per team)




3 - 4 hours + debrief


The Activity

Teams have a letter congratulating them on mounting an expedition to the South Pole. All the data they might need is held by the Trainer on a series of Datacards. This Databank is ‘open' for 5 minutes at a time at 30 minute intervals.

Teams can access data by written request only and so start with a brainstorming session to identify what information they need. They gradually build up data (such as sledges, fuel costs, equipment costs and weather details etc.), plan a route and calculate the cost of their expedition. They then present to a group of ‘sponsors' for the necessary funds.

A challenging team planning task that makes the training room look like Antarctic HQ full of charts, dates and lists.

This activity comes with short introductory and debrief videos. Play the Introductory video (lasting approx. 5 mins) at the start to brief delegates on their task and then after the game, play the Debrief video (lasting approx. 7.5 mins) and when that is over, carry on with your own observations of how the activity went. Or simply use them to brief yourself on how to introduce and debrief the activity with confidence.


Trainer's Role

  • Explain what the activity is all about (with optional introductory video).
  • Divide the group into teams of 3-8. As there is a lot to do, you can have bigger teams than usual.
  • Issue the initial Letter to each team together with a data request slip. Explain that teams can have six questions and that the Databank opens in 20 minutes.
  • Stand by to receive data requests and issue those datacards that cover information teams have asked for.
  • Continue with at least three more data sessions where teams can collect information.
  • When teams are ready, ask them to prepare presentations to the sponsors.
  • Listen to presentations (sometimes senior managers play the part of the sponsors). Decide who to give the money to.
  • Conduct a Debrief (with optional Debrief Video) on the activity and stress all the key learning points.
  • Trainer's Notes give full guidance as well as the solution and all the costings plus additional notes.


Pack Contents

  • Trainer's Notes
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Introductory Video
  • Debrief Video
  • Trainer's Datacard Reference Sheet
  • Sponsors' Questions
  • Team Briefs
  • Antarctic Maps
  • Rulers
  • Data Request Forms
  • Sets of Datacards
  • Equipment Brochures
  • Fuel Dump Planning KitsHandout – Decisions Reache



Antarctic Challenge is designed by Northgate Training Activities