Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 7.26.04 AM.pngMy science team and I were looking for a way to provide engage students in the engineering process. Our searching led us to the Marshmallow Challenge. We were pleased at how inexpensive the materials were. The challenge was designed for team training meetings but seemed like a good idea for our scouts. It was fun to see how enthusiastically our students began the project.

Materials:

  • 20 pieces of spaghetti
  • 1 meter of string
  • 1 meter of masking tape
  • 1 Marshmallow
  • Meter Stick for measuring height

 

Students began talking about how they would create their structure. Teachers guided students with reminders such as "the structure needs to be free-standing and not held up by human help."

Measurements were done from the lowest point of the structure to the top of the marshmallow.

 

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