The need and importance of working together as a team and to pause and focus fully on a task were two big learnings that emerged from the activities students did that day.
This was best expressed in the Boda Borg challenge, a problem-solving exercise where teams of students are transported into a real-world gaming environment and move through quests, or various mental and physical challenges. Most of the quests had no instructions and students were encouraged to try them a few times before understanding what the challenge is about, as well as how to solve it.
“There are many different themes; it tests your determination,” said Joseph Ooi.
“The most challenging activity is the Boda Borg because it’s hard to know what to do,” said Kyle Yuen.
The students took each quest and challenge in their stride. They learned to trust one another and put an equal effort to help solve each one. The Boda Borg challenge also encouraged them to communicate effectively with team members, and verbalise how best they can contribute to the challenge.
“You need to collaborate with your team to solve the challenge. Today I learned you can manage and reach everything if you work together,” said Philine Kotanko.
Also, pausing and reviewing a problem creates space to process information which can improve the quality of learning for students. For Parekh, the concept came alive when she realised that in order to move forward to complete each challenge she had to take a step back.
“I found the rock climbing part of the Boda Borg quite tricky,” she said in her journal entry. “I overcame it by fully focusing and not rushing to get across. When I had accomplished this, I felt happy and proud.”