Rat Trap Create a series of cascading contraptions


  • 1 hour - 2 hours
  • Indoors
  • Collaborative
  • Minimum: 10
  • Maximum: Unlimited

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Teams build a series of enormous contraptions which when aligned in sequence to form an amazing chain reaction!

Program outline

The objective is to build a series of large contraptions which, when placed in the right sequence, perform an amazing chain reaction of events where each device triggers the next in an ingenious way. If teams get everything right the final piece is triggered, the one tonne weight drops and the rat gets it (well not literally).

How It Works

Rat Trap is a team building event where groups work collaboratively to achieve a common goal. Each team is responsible for one piece of the machine that eventually operates the trap.

The trick with Rat Trap is for teams to be conscious of the bigger picture, as each structure has to be built in the right way and be placed in the right position for everything to work. 

The end result, which started life as a room full of ‘bits’, never fails to inspire groups and show them what they are capable of when they apply a little teamwork and lateral thinking. The ‘wow’ moment is seeing the trap successfully catch the (toy) rat!

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Key Business Benefits

  • Cross Functional co-operation
  • Energising a conference
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Networking
  • Practical leadership
  • Project planning
  • Risk management
  • Team Dynamics
  • Uniting Teams

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