Structures and Stereotypes [day 4]


Discussion of City of Life

Can you guess what this will be ??? Well ..20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, an A4  sheet, and a MARSHMALLOW may not seem like a lot to work with but that is all we had to improvise with. In this challenge we had to build the tallest structure that could stand without support with the marshmallow situated on top. The singular challenge taught us the essence of teamwork, and that we shouldn’t rush into any challenge,thinking through before we act.

We learnt about the various character colors; cool blue, fiery red, sunshine yellow, earth green. They are all different from each other, but here’s s fun fact; each person has different combinations of all these different traits in them. This affects the careers they enter and the people they move with.


Marshmallow Challenge

Wednesday was a tiring start for day since I had barely had 5 hours of sleep only to have aerobics for 15 minutes ! Oh the horror! 15 minutes of muscle stretching, bone wrenching(exaggeration), exercise quickly brought my dull senses to life.

I had a good breakfast and headed to my cohort for the next lesson, only to realise we had a top secret exercise where we had to play the role of various people and make the most out of our situations. It was dubbed ‘new life simulation’. Being a fulani herdsman with only a few cedis, I could afford nothing and ended up going to jail for 22 years. I robbed the bank and with that money, I was given a high school diploma as well as a bachelors degree. I found that this exercise brought to light, ‘how stereotypes could fuel people’s behaviour like stealing. Since I was discriminated against several times, I completely gained an understanding of what the Fulani community go through and what they do to make the most out of it. I then had a design thinking lecture on developing point-of-view statements, as well as how might we statements. This taught me a very effective approach to problem solving.


City of Life

We then had a workshop on careers and learnt on breakdowns developed by Hippocrates on the types of people we have on earth and according to that their possible careers. We also had a marshmallow challenge, which required placing a marshmallow on top of spaghetti while still making it as tall as possible and to keep it standing on its own. My group had a good structure, but decided to make it taller, because we believed the competition was fierce. At the end of it all. We did not have a standing frame, and therefore lost our place in the competition.What I really learnt from this was to be focused and ensure you plan before prototyping.



Team work makes the difference

       |Ako Benjamin Nai|       |Michael Agyeman-Prempeh|

                               |Elikem Vogbe Kobla|




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