As usual, we prefaced our challenge with a reminder about the significance of the Learning Pit and how it will likely take numerous attempts to get out before a group will reach a solution. Therefore, groups kept track of their attempts in a series of tables that ensured that they wouldn't waste their time repeating the same unsuccessful solutions.
Our groups experienced a wide range of success. Some found a solution fairly quickly, others took much longer. Some did not find a solution, but kept working until the very last minute. Others seemed to lose focus and commitment somewhere in the middle of the process. In one group, two of the group members decided to give up on their final attempt, and the one remaining member actually found the solution with seconds to spare! Those who finished early were able to challenge themselves with a second riddle.
Afterward, we reflected on those various approaches to solving a problem and emphasized the importance of the process over the solution. It was exciting to see the problem getting solved, but it was even more exciting to see the perseverance of many groups!