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Students in #Room20 took the Marshmallow Challenge. “The Marshmallow Challenge is a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.”

The activity has been done by adults of all professions. You can visit the website by clicking here. The activity was modified for elementary. We substituted small marshmallows for the tape and string. Students had to come up with a plan to create and build a structure that would support a larger (1) marshmallow at the top under 20 minutes. We had a 4th grade group winner (7 3/4 inches) and a 5th grade group and overall winner at (8 3/4 inches). The students had lots of fun and we took some time to reflect on how we could of done things better. We talked about what worked and what didn’t work. We will try this again. 

Thumbnail photo from: By Dvortygirl (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons