Interactive STEM-style Assemblies
Our Spirit Challenge inspires the kids to cooperate while playing engaging games over the course of about an hour, making it the ideal way to begin a new program or new season. The four main goals of the exercises are Respect, Teamwork, Leadership, and Team Spirit. In order to break up cliques, the kids (and staff) are separated into teams using our special approaches. This challenges the children to cooperate outside of their comfort zones in a playful way. We can come in and work with the entire school typically in a day of assemblies, or with selected grades or classes.
What Happens During the Session
The children (or adults or a mix) usually play four to five games and then debrief briefly about what happened and why, what they learned, how they could have played the games more effectively, and most importantly, how they can apply what they learned in this experience to their everyday life. During this period, the teams became very involved, and the comments, even from young children, are often surprising in their remarkable maturity.
Every participant moves and is active the entire time (within a controlled area). The games are entertaining and fun to play, but they also focus on the 4 main messages mentioned above.
Scope of the Sessions
We can facilitate the Spirit Challenge with as few as 20 children and as many as 100. With groups larger than that, we just do 2 or more Spirit Challenges, so everyone can enjoy the games while learning about themselves and each other.
It's a fantastic approach to bring the kids together and get them thinking about how important positive behaviors and a strong spirit of communication will be to better their relationships with their peers to have fun while teaching them key messages that can be carried over into the following days.
Although the above-mentioned strategy is our preferred way to involve everyone, we can also hold larger group assemblies where we pick smaller groups and ask them to demonstrate our techniques in front of their classmates.