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Facilitator guide, PowerPoint presentation, simulation materials to support 4 production teams and 1 client team.


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Praise for Toothpick Factory

“It’s a simple concept for teaching a difficult topic.”

“Provided clarity for a focus on team interaction.”

“It will engage the students and make it fun.”

“Good team activity, both in the classroom and at work!”


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Price: $36.00 per kit
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Contact us: If you would like to order The Toothpick Factory or host a Toothpick Factory Facilitator’s Workshop at your institution, contact Danielly Orozco , Curriculum Coordinator at:
or 813.259.6575.


Toothpick Factory debuted in China in early December 2008, at a workshop for Tech teachers. The workshop was held in Dalian, China at a faculty workshop. Four teams of four plus a client team of three

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Dr Marilyn Barger wins 2011 Best Practice Award












Toothpick Factory



Toothpick Factory
The Simulation Game for Soft Skills

The Toothpick Factory© is a hands-on activity, set in a manufacturing context, that stimulates discussion and awareness about a wide range of soft skills that are
essential in today’s work and personal relationships.

What are soft skills?
These are workplace standards of behavior needed by:

  • Effective communication
  • Leadership skills
  • Team-building skills
  • Listening skills
  • Flexibility
  • Active listening




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