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THE MPA TEAMBUILDING CHALLENGE

The School of Accountancy of Singapore Management University organised its first Teambuilding Challenge for Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) students on 9 October 2015. The full day event at FOCUS Adventure, Sentosa, brought the participants closer

With much excitement and fanfare, the event kicked off with an ice-breaker session. After overcoming the initial awkwardness, everyone soon relaxed and warmed up to each other. Participants were then divided into teams for the Geocaching Challenge – a race where teams had to pit their skills in strategic planning, resource and time management against other competing teams in order to win. Armed with navigational devices, participants worked in their teams to scour the island for landmarks and clues. At specific checkpoints, they also had to perform physically exerting challenges posed by their facilitators.

In the afternoon, indoor games such as ‘Blindfold Shape’ and ‘Key Punch’, aimed at mirroring real life corporate situations were played with no less enthusiasm.

Finally, to relive the day’s events and reinforce the message of ‘What builds Success?’, the class was treated to an exclusive video screening of the day’s happenings captured by the FOCUS Adventure crew.

Despite the physical and mental exhaustion that followed, the participants enjoyed themselves immensely and declared it a day that they would not forget. MPA student Jiang Wei felt that by taking the classroom outdoors, it relieved “us of a lot of the pressure and tension brought about by our coursework”.

The indoor games left a particularly deep impression on MPA student Zhang WendongKenrick. His take-away from ‘Blindfold shape’ was that it “emphasized the importance of a common understanding and strategic planning to achieve a team’s goal”. While the second game “demonstrated how people tend to restrict themselves even when the rules were lifted and how important it was to be flexible.”

The majority of the participants, like MPA student Li Xiaolinrelished the chance to make new friends and get to know her MPA course mates better. It was a memorable and enriching experience for all and many were already looking forward to similar events in the future.

Each team will be tasked to build a robot together. After which they will be going through the learning session on manual controls and how to control them. This will allow their robots to be unique as compared to the rest. Their final objective will be to pit the robot that they built against man-made obstacles such as to carry items and moving from point A to point B or to going through a maze or to dance! The possibilities is endless! They will then customise a message for the children using the robots built and have it delivered to the beneficiaries.

 

Learning Objectives

 

  • To understand that it is not always the results that matter but also the process
  • Engage participant’s imagination and problem solving skills
  • Increase confidence and commitment levels
    Allows greater meaning to giving and helping those in need
  • To tap on each other’s strengths and weaknesses

If you are looking for an exciting challenge with a meaningful element, The Supermarket Race Challenge! will be the program for you! Teams will get to earn cash by attempting a series of challenges along the race, in a bid to earn enough money to purchase essential items for the selected beneficiary. Given a limited time and facing multiple challenges, teams will have to plan carefully and make strategic decisions to optimize their resources, and purchase as many items as possible for a good cause.