Team Building Workshop
ACS- Nov. 2, 2001
Nada AbiSamra

Game: The Benefits of Teamwork

The Moonwalk Scenario


You're a member of a space crew originally scheduled to rendezvous with the mother ship on the lighted surface of the moon. Due to mechanical difficulties, however, your spaceship was forced to land some 200 kilometers from the rendezvous point. During re-entry and landing, most of your ship's on-board equipment was damaged. Your survival depends on reaching the mother ship. You must chose the items most critical to successfully reaching the mother ship 200 kilometers away.  

There are only 15 items left intact and undamaged after landing. Your task is to rank-order them according to their importance in allowing your crew to reach the rendezvous point. Place the number 1 by the most important item, the number 2 by the second most important, and so on through to number 15, the least important.

The worksheet with the list of items is on the following page.

You may wish to copy off this page for group discussion.

Once you have completed columns A and B, refer to the debriefing at the bottom of the worksheet to complete your scoring and determine what it means.
Moonwalk Worksheet

  Box of matches          
  Food concentrate          
  20 meters nylon rope          
  Parachute silk          
  Portable heating unit          
  Two .45 calibre pistols          
  One case skim milk powder          
  Two 50 kg tanks oxygen          
  Stellar map of the moon's constellation          
  Life raft          
  Magnetic compass          
  20 Litres water          
  Signal flares          
  First-aid kit with injection needles          
  Solar-powered FM
TOTAL SCORE          

Once you have completed columns A and B, refer to the debriefing to complete your scoring and determine what it means.


The Moonwalk Scenario

The Benefits of Teamwork

Use the NASA Moonwalk sheet included in this section to complete column C of your worksheet. Then calculate your individual score (Column C - Column B) and your team score (Column C - Column B). Use only positive numbers. For example, if column C = 10, and column A = 13, enter 3.

Almost inevitably, the team score will be better (lower) than the individual score. On the odd occasion that this is not so, it generally indicates poor group dynamics: the group did not function well enough to recognize the knowledge of the individual who scored better than the group.

NASA'S Key to the Moonwalk

Box of matches Little or no use on the moon 15
Food concentrate Supplies daily food requirement 4
20 metres nylon rope Useful tying injured together, helpful in climbing 6
Parachute silk Shelter against sun's rays 8
Portable heating unit Useful only if you landed on the dark side of the moon 13
Two .45 calibre pistols Self-propulsion devices could be made from them 11
One case powdered skim milk Food, mixed with water for drinking 12
Two 50 kg. oxygen tanks Needed for breathing 1
Stellar map of the moon's constellation Useful to navigate way to the mother ship 3
Life Rafts CO2 bottles for self-propulsion across chasms, etc. 9
Magnetic Compass Probably no magnetized poles, therefore it's useless 14
20 litres water Replenishes loss by sweating 2
Signal flares Distress call when line of sight possible 10
First Aid Kit & injection needles Medicine valuable 7
Solar-powered FM receiver/transmitter  Could send distress messages to mother ship 5