The highlight of every Institute Retreat is the team building challenge. And my lab is pretty good at it; we’ve won it several times.
See for example the marble run we built in 2014.
We are so good at it, actually, that for the last two years the official announcement of the team building challenge included the statement: “The goal of this exercise is to make sure the Markowetz lab doesn’t win again.”
Last year, we had succumbed to the mounting pressure: When asked to build a life-like animal from paper and cardboard we produced what even optimistically can only be called a ‘roadkill turtle‘. No wonder we came last in the competition. No photographic evidence survives (we made sure of that).
This year was comeback time!