The Using Psychology Games and Activities of Yesteryear to Prepare for Our Future
program's primary purpose is to teach some psychological principles and how to apply them to be more successful. The program is a game show which is educational and a ton of fun! I would suggest that the program is more fun than most parties and more information will be remembered and applied than from a traditional lecture!
On February 12, 2013 I led one of these Games
programs at Becker College in Worcester MA. The venue was a very nice lecture hall. Our food/catering was simple -- store baked cookies from Price Chopper (which were excellent!), Hershey's candy bars and kisses, and soda. The event was attended by students and faculty alike.
Given the proximity of the event to Valentine's Day as well as some famous patriot's birthdays (February 12, the date of the event is Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's is the 22nd) the themes for the event were Valentines Day
and Happy Birthday
The program included activities for all attendees such as spelling the word SPOT really fast five times, and then answering the question “What do you do at a green light?
” People wanted to say “Stop
”, but of course, the right answer would normally be “Go.
” There were also a number of on stage
activities in which the audience observed one or a few selected participants performing a variety of tasks. In one of these on stage
performances, for example, a participant performed a variety of activities while wearing inversion prisms which made everything appear to be upside down.
At the conclusion of the program the audience selected a Champion from all of the semifinalists. Prizes with Valentines and Birthday themes were awarded to the Champion, semifinalists and other participants at the conclusion of the program.
Rather than gift wrapping her prizes, The champion (Heather Redgate) was blindfolded for the awards ceremony and figured out what her prizes were as they were presented to her. She stood in front of a white board containing messages written for her (while she was blindfolded, of course!!!) by friends and colleagues.
At the conclusion of the program, attendees wrote a one word evaluation of the program which was translated into a word cloud by the Wordle(TM)
tool as shown in the photo above. Other photos shown include the photo album cover from the event, the champion's certificate, and a photo of the champion posing in front of the white board with her messages
Room decorations were limited to setting up a prize table, because the room did not become available to us until shortly before program was scheduled to begin.
A complete photo album of the event may be viewed on SlideShare
. A link to the password protected videos of the activities is available upon request.
The Champion Award Ribbons
were made by Hodges Badge Company.
The inversion prisms
(which make everything look upside down) were made by PsychKits
Custom made gift items including magnets, t-shirts, hats and trophy labels were printed by VistaPrint
Ronald G. Shapiro, PhDEducation by Entertainment