Marshmallow and Spaghetti Challenge! This lesson will help students with communication, teamwork, and creativity. I assigned this task in the first week of school – it was a great way for students to get to know each other and begin the discussion on appropriate group work behavior.
The task was to create the tallest, freestanding structure possible. Groups could use an unlimited amount of mini marshmallows and spaghetti strands… which may seem like a lot of marshmallows and spaghetti, but students will learn very quickly that more is not always better!
To begin, each group received (about) the same amount of materials and lab sheet. Students should fill out the first portion of the lab sheet and then decide as a group the best way to construct the tower. Groups must complete a detailed sketch and show it to their teacher before beginning. Additionally, if a group would like to alter their initial design, a new sketch created, then additional materials will be dispersed. Let students be creative and explore this STEAM lesson! Click here for LAB SHEET
S – scientific process
T- I introduced this project via PowerPoint and showed a short video on “Engineering” from Discovery Ed
E- Building concepts/construction
A- Visual and spatial design
M- 3D shapes and angles