Saturday, April 30, 2016

EMRS: Team Bonding Session 26th April 2016


Given our second challenge in EMRS and with little time to prepare, we had to plan a team bonding activity for the WHOLE EMRS team. We were initially given 1 week to plan the activity. However, due to a change in plan, the team bonding activity was shifted forward. This means that we have to race against time, to plan suitable activities! At that point, we felt like time was our enemy... To make things worse, we are a newbies in planning events as this was the first time we had to plan such an activity. How we wish that time can travel slower. . .

On 26 April 2016, the DBI Students conducted a team bonding activity from 2PM to 5PM. The objective of the team bonding activity is to ensure that the students can foster ties with one another and enjoy the games as a whole EMRS team. The team bonding games includes Time Bomb, Brain Power, World War 3 (Improvised version of murderer) and Scissors, Paper, Stone.

Planning Phase:

With very little time to plan (panic!!!), the DBI students had to plan a team bonding session for the entire EMRS team. We started discussing and brainstorming ideas. We had to ensure that the games we proposed were fun, interactive and engaging for everyone.

Initially, we planned to do outdoor games such as Captain’s Ball but the main objective of this team bonding session is to get to know each other better. Hence we had to come out with other games that can help break the ice.

Team Bonding Day:

The day have finally arrived! Everyone was so excited for the team bonding activity. Let us all begin!
The timeline for the team bonding that we have planned is as followed:
2:15pm – 2:30pm: Briefing of the Games
2:30pm – 2:45pm:  Time Bomb
2:45pm – 3:30pm: Brain Power
3:30pm – 4:15pm: Break
4:15pm – 4:30pm: World War 3 (Improvised Murderer)
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Scissors, paper, and Stone

Time Bomb

We started the ball rolling with our first activity “Time Bomb”, which was held in the EMRS class. It was a good ice breaker activity to start with, as it encourages the participants to ask random questions and also remembering their names.

Brain Power

The next activity was “Brain Power”, which was held in the EMRS class. Since the participants knows each other’s name during the first activity (Time Bomb), they were put to test to see whether they remember each other’s name in Brain Power. Everyone’s’ brain hurts after the game ended!

World War 3 (Improvised version of Murderer)

The third activity was “World War 3” which was also held in the EMRS class. Since Murderer is a popular and engaging game, we decided to choose this game and improvised it to make the game much more fun and interesting. Everyone had so much joy playing this game to the fact that they requested playing this game longer!

Improvised Scissors, Paper, and Stone

The last activity was “Scissors, Paper, and Stone” which is supposed to be held at the open area near SBM club. The props have been prepared beforehand, however, due to time constraint, we decided not to play this activity.

Prize rewards that we have prepared for the 3 teams!


Finally, the day came to an end and Team 2 emerged as the Champion! They were rewarded with prizes. Furthermore, the other two teams were rewarded consolation prize too and everyone was happy! Being able to see the smiles of their face in the end, makes everything worth it!

In conclusion, this team building session was successful and enjoyable as it helped us to know one another better and also foster our ties. Thankfully, the event was quite successful given the fact that we had very little time to plan. We are proud to be able to organize a team building activity as we didn’t know we could actually do it!

However, the event could have been better whereby we could have spent more time in terms of planning the event, so that we can organize a better event for everyone.