-social work major at Augsburg
-college level swimmer
-does not currently participate in snow activities
-grew up in Minnesota
-agriculture and food business management major at the U
-currently participates in snow activities including sledding on baking pans (which she both does and does not recommend)
-tends to look at things from a different perspective
-has lived in Oklahoma, Illinois, London, and Minnesota
-statistics major at the U
-grew up in a suburb of Chicago
-often does activities resembling improv games
-sometimes plays in snow
-went to school for M.I.S. (computer/business)
-currently works as a business intelligence engineer at NativeX (app company)
-grew up in southern Minnesota
-plays ice hockey sometimes and was in charge of snowplowing family's driveway growing up
The Improv Game
To help them become comfortable with each other and get their creative brain juices flowing, I had them do a few warm-up games. This included ones we learned at HUGE and one that I invented.
Spiderman is great because...
This game is a conglomeration of clams are great and zip zap zop. The players stand in a circle. The first player says a reason why spiderman is great and then does a motion resembling spiderman shooting his web to choose another player. The chosen player then must say a reason why spiderman is great.
The Brain Nuggets (Ideas)
After everyone was warmed up, I introduced the first question to them. When things got slow, I presented the tricks to spark creativity that we learned in class such as random words, rolestorming, random objects, and negative brainstorming or bad ideas.
Question 1: How might we carry snowballs more easily?
Question 2: How might we play in the snow without ruining the grass?
The Honorable Mentions:
The Ratings and Feedback:
After all the ideas were up on the wall, I had them sort and rate the ideas (like we did in class). Blue tape means a new or novel idea and white tape means a good or valuable idea.