Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Speedboat is a short and sweet way to identify what your employees or clients don't like about your product/service or what' s standing in the way of a desired goal. As individuals trying to build forward momentum on products or projects, we sometimes have blind spots regarding what' s stopping us. This game lets you get insight from stakeholders about what they think may be an obstacle to progress.
Speedboat Protocol Instructions
My students used the Speedboat activity to assist them in understanding what challenges they might face when determining the best way to share everyone’s story. Fourth graders have so many positive ideas. However, filtering out the ones that could create an obstacle is important early on in the process, so they create successful ways to solve the problem. I created a poster for every small group, so their only job was writing down their ideas on the anchors.
"The students really liked the visual of a speedboat with its anchors. I heard them repeatedly talk to each other about what was preventing them from moving forward."
"It was fun to work in teams and draw the anchors. I liked sharing my ideas with my friends."
Meet the Educator:
Amy is an educator at West Ottawa Public Schools. She teaches 4th grade at Lakewood Elementary.
"Integrating curriculum through PBL experiences has sparked a passion for authentic, real world problem solving in my students. My 4th graders are more actively engaged and enthusiastic about the learning process since I began using the Creative Sequence and Design Thinking protocols. They are gaining empathy for those around them and building employability skills along the way. It is thrilling to witness their excitement!"