Invisible Maze for the Climbing Wall

Grade level: 4-12

Equipment:  Route maps specific to your wall for each team, a horn or noisemaker for each team.

Objective: To figure out a pre-set route by trial and error.


Description:  Divide the class into two groups.  Explain to the teams that there is an exact route they need traverse.  Give a route map to one member of each team and tell them not to show it to anyone else on their team.  Each member of the group must figure out the path and pass traverse the wall by correctly stepping on the right holds.  This should be done with the least amount of errors possible.  They must figure out the way through trial and error.  Using the bike horn, the student with the route map honks at the student that steps on an incorrect hold and they must go to the end of the line.  Explain that only one student from each team may be on the wall at a time. Marking the correct path with tape or any other type of marking is not allowed.  The activity is over when everyone in the group has passed through the stepping sequence correctly.  To add difficulty to this one, you can set it up at the beginning that no one can use their voice.

Rules/Safety/Accommodations: Students should follow basic climbing wall rules.

Facilitation/Reflection Questions:

  1. Was it easier to remember the climbing pattern when you were on the wall or when you were observing?  Why?
  2. What were some feelings you felt when you were trying to remember the maze?
  3. What was your favorite part of this activity?

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