The SentinelTM takes the power and potential of the Electric Maze® another step forward in its ability to address important isues involving organizational growth. The Sentinel is comprised of an array of easy to set up columns containing switch-selectable motion detectors. Strategically placed in a room, they create a three-dimensional maze.
Designed with state-of-the-art electronics, the Sentinel provides a wide range of simulations for small and large groups. Learning activities with the Sentinel are appropriate and effective at all organizational levels and work within the capabilities of most adult participants.
The Sentinel is a versatile and sophisticated learning device. It simulates a complex organizational environment by interacting with each participant in unique ways, adding the unpredictability of real-life business situations to the learning experience. The Sentinel is designed for indoor use with 6 to 24 participants.
A popular use of the Sentinel is to explore the barriers that undermine teamwork and organizational change -- replacing them with supportive and adaptable structures. It builds people's capacity to treat organizational feedback as "learning" signals. This moves people out of the "victim" and "heroics" roles, and into one of discovery and creativity.
The major differences between the two Sentinel models are in the storage/transport size and in the programming.
The SN1 columns are of one-piece construction while the SN2 columns dissassemble near the base to fit inside a "golf club" type hard case with wheels. In addition, the SN2 columns are smaller in diameter resulting in a weight savings. This facilitates transport -- the case fits easily into an automobile and can be checked as luggage on airlines.
The SN1 features columns that can be inverted to provide additional detector arrangements. While providing more detector position options for the session designer, many of the options are not significantly unique to offset the SN2's ability to dissassemble into two pieces for portability.
Each column has eight holes (see picture), but contains only three motion detectors. Three detectors are more than adequate, when used in the different configurations shown, to challenge even the most skilled participants. However, participants cannot determine which of the eight positions contain motion detectors. They further cannot tell which detectors are active without extensive exploration of the learning field.
Four of the eight columns provided with each Sentinel are "active" columns, and four are "inert"columns. Again, four active coulumns provide more than adequate challenge. Since the inert columns are identical in every respect to the active columns -- even including dummy switches -- participants cannot tell which columns are active and which are inert.
Participants see eight columns with eight holes -- and they assume 64 possible detectors. In reality there are twelve detectors in play at most -- quite often much less. This teaches how simple situations involving dynamic complexity can result in chaos unless people begin to see the underlying systems and learn to carefully test their assumptions as a team.
Both the SN1 and SN2 are programmed by individually selecting the three detectors in each column. (Of course each of the four active columns can be programed differently.) There are seven possible combinations of the three switches in addition to the "all-off" combination ("inert"). Of the seven, five are useful and are shown in the schematic (click here.)
By postioning the individually programmed "active" columns and the "inert" columns in a predesigned array, a three dimensional "maze" is formed.
The Sentinel uses precision heat-sensitive motion detectors. The detectors faithfully simulate the response individuals receive as they work and learn in organizaitonal settings -- treating different people slightly differently.
The potential of The Sentinel is just begining to be tapped. Join the exploration. We suggest The Certification Program for the Sentinel due to the vast array of possibilities it presents.