Mars Rover Challenge Leadership Game

Understand 3 leadership styles and their impact on team success

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Mars Rover Challenge (formerly Mars Surface Rover) provides a powerful, unique hands-on experience that allows participants to connect with the concept of collaboration at a deep and personal level. Participants are immersed in a team construction activity, whereby they are tasked by the World Space Agency to build a prototype rover for traversing Mars’ rocky terrain.

All components -- except for the participant workbooks -- are reusable, although additional workbooks can be individually purchased. (See product code #GAMARLW)

The Leadership version is designed to help individuals become more effective leaders by allowing them to experience the differences between three contrasting styles of leadership --
traditional (command-and-control), passive, and collaborative.

The program is ideal for new and seasoned leaders as it provides them with a hands-on way to explore the three styles in depth and assess their advantages/disadvantages. This version introduces basic concepts such as communication, influence, and change management.

How it Works: In the Leadership version, participants work in teams to construct a rover, led by team member who (unknown to the rest of the team) adopts the traits of one of three contrasting leadership styles -- traditional, passive, or collaborative. Each of the three styles engenders very different feelings and emotions among team members. And together, they provide a very real demonstration of the effects different styles can have on morale, motivation, and performance.

Time required: 4 hours

Learning Outcomes: Experience the concept and benefits of facilitative leadership, learn how a facilitative leadership style generates a team atmosphere, discover the drawbacks of traditional (autocratic) or passive (uninvolved) styles of leadership, and recognize the balance between too much and too little authority.

The Leadership Game Kit includes all of the required components to facilitate the game, as well as an initial supply of workbooks for up to 18 participants.

Contents of Game Kit:

  • Facilitator Guide
  • 18 Workbooks
  • 3 Game Parts Bags with K'NEX® Pieces
  • 1 Clear Plastic Wallet with Extra K'NEX® Pieces
  • 6 Blueprints
  • 1 Set of 3 Leader Role Cards
  • 3 Sets of 6 Task cards
  • 1 set of 3 Now or Never Cards
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Set of 3 Team Color Cards
  • 19 HRDQue Cards
  • 1 Tote Bag
  • 1 USB FLASH DRIVE, which includes:
    Leadership Learning Overview
    Leadership PowerPoint Presentation
    Leadership Theory Background
    Leadership FAQ
Part of the HRDQ game series.

Mars Rover Challenge Leadership Game

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