The Marshmallow Challenge is an activity that forces people to collaborate, quickly, within a limited time frame to complete a task. Participants have included CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies, as well as Kindergarten children.
The premise is simple…. in 18 minutes, with a team of no more than 4 people, use 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 metre of string, and 1 metre of tape to build the tallest, free-standing structure that will support the weight of a single marshmallow placed on top.
I have posted the link below to the Ted Talk by Tom Wujec on The Marshmallow Challenge, and below that are photos of the Grade 4 students engaged in the task. They did really well, and we had an interesting conversation afterwards about the nature of teamwork, the challenges of collaboration, and the inherent value of failure that informs next steps.