For Stanley Black & Decker, a company dedicated to quality tools, a teambuilding event that had executives bolting parts together was just the ticket.

In mid-March, SBD was among the first to try out a new competitive robot-building activity run by Sacramento, Calif.–based teambuilding company TeamWorx. Twenty executives from around the globe took a two-and-a-half-hour break from an otherwise intense agenda at the company’s global strategic planning meeting at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel to design and build a remote-control vehicle and then race it around an obstacle course. 

For the event, SBD’s group split into three teams, each of which received the components to build a robotic vehicle and step-by-step instructions for getting started. However, each team had to decide on the modifications to the basic design that would win them points as they worked their way through the challenges of the obstacle course.

“They dove right in,” said Frank DeSantis, director of brand marketing at SBD. “You saw who the natural leaders are; you saw communication. They had fun.” DeSantis was pleased with TeamWorx’s turnkey approach, and noted that since the event didn’t need a lot of space, he didn’t have to book an extra meeting room.

“Do grown adults want to be playing with toys? The answer is yes,” said DeSantis. The cost of program ranges from $149 to $199 per person.