Sequencer: Tabletop (91cm) Plywood  & Carry Case Zoom

Tabletop Sequencer Experiential Learning Activity

Sequencer: Tabletop (91cm) Plywood & Carry Case

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Sequencer is a group problem solving exercise, where participants need to replicate a diagram by constructing pieces of plywood. The tabletop version of Sequencer is made from durable and lightweight plywood, an ideal exercise for travelling / importing as it comes with its own carry case for portability.

The exercise is also known as Planks, Gridlock, Perplexity, Puzzled Proper, Shelving, or Cycle Time.

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Key Features

    Learning Focus
  • Effective Communication
  • Improving Performance
  • Instruction & Delegation
  • Planning & Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Group Size
  • Ideal: 6 - 16
  • Possible: 6 - 16
  • Duration
  • 30-60 Minutes plus review

Activity Overview

Please note that this activity is now supplied with a permanent, portable carry case with a zipped end closure and containing an internal cardboard tube for added support & protection.

Sequencer is an apparently simple exercise which makes great demands on teamwork! Team members are required to work out how to assemble a set of different wooden plywood components to make a structure which is identical to the design pattern which they have received.

It requires close cooperation, strong leadership and excellent communication skills between members, as well as a clear delegation of team roles. Following the initial construction period the group then have to reassemble the pieces against the clock - can they produce sufficient process improvement from construction to achieve the challenging time trial?

We also have two other versions of Sequencer depending on the size of group and size of area for construction;

4foot (122cm) Plywood, and 6foot (185cm) Plastic versions

Learning Objectives

  • • Planning and implementation process by planning an initial process for gathering detailed information to construct the structure
  • • Using trial and error as well as a detailed recording system to identify and sort plywood components
  • • Time management for completing the structure under a strict time pressure
  • • Problem solving skills
  • • Effective instruction and delegation of responsibilities between team members 
  • • Being able to improve performance by finding effective systems and procedures for constructing the structure in a shorter time frame
  • • Supervisory leadership

Activity Description

Activity Contents:

15x Individual Plywood components - largest piece is 91cm (3 feet), 1x Shipping bag - 109cm x 15cm polypropylene bag with internal cardboard tube, Facilitator manual

Package Weight: 4.1kg

When fully assembled the area of the construction is 105cm x 109cm (41" x 43"). Typically two small rectangular tables, side by side, can be used as an assembly area - or one large circular table, or indeed the floor! Total weight of  Plywood Tabletop Sequencer and carry case is 4.1kg. 

It's an ideal activity for small conferences, with a set working on round 'cabaret-style' table layouts for group of 8 to 12 people (minimum of 110cm diameter).

Participants should assemble the individual components, following the diagram to create a flat, interconnected structure. There is only one way in which the pieces will fit correctly. Pieces should not be forced. Correct positioning allows the joints to fit without distortion of the shape. As there is only one answer to the problem, this has to be established through a process of trial and error. Detailed planning at this stage is ineffective as the theories must be tested in practice at an early stage.

Once the assembly is complete, the team must develop and rehearse a strategy for taking the structure to pieces and re-building it accurately against the clock. As the pieces cannot be marked or pre-sorted they need to have a well-developed plan for identifying components and using manpower efficiently if they are to succeed.

This sealed man-made laminated marine plywood version is suitable for import to all countries, including Australia.


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