The Puzzle Challenge

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THE WINNING TEAM

  • BRITTANY KENDRICK,
 Freshman, Civil Engineering Major
    CLIFFORD BARRINGER, Sophomore, Flight Science Major
    EMILY HART, 
Freshman, Electrical Engineering Major





ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Students were given a series of 10 puzzles and were timed as they completed each one in the sequence. The first team to complete all 10 puzzles were pronounced the winners! Puzzles ranged from simple - laying dominos on a modified chessboard - to very advanced-balancing 10 nails on top of one nail fixed in place.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS

The puzzle challenge taught the students to effectively collaborate in a team setting, apply critical and creative thinking to ambiguous problems and to persist through and learn from failure. To effectively solve puzzles, they needed to think through eight dimensions. These thinking dimensions are: Uniqueness, Dimensionality, Directionality, Consolidation, Segmentation, Modification, Similarity and Experimentation.

 

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