It was nearing the end of our first week of school, and time to test our collaboration skills! We headed to the 5th and 6th grade building to tour the new makerspace.
After discussing the LAUNCH process and norms, we started our marshmallow and spaghetti challenge. We worked in groups of 3 or 4 to build the tallest tower. Each group received 20 spaghetti noodles, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of yarn, and one huge marshmallow. Our challenge, to build the tallest free standing tower with the marshmallow perched on top! This sounded easy enough, but then the building started…
After we cleaned up, we sat down to share what were the strengths of our groups’ efforts and what we would improve on next time. Most groups agreed working together and listening to others’ ideas was the key to success. We also realized sometimes we needed to change our original plan. It was tough only using the materials we were given, and we definitely would have liked more tape! Then, we headed back to class to work in our groups to help write this blog post. Here are some of our thoughts:
“We started off with a square base. Then we started the cube. Then we built a tall noodle base. We put the marshmallow on top, then it broke like a wrecking ball. We should have built smaller cubes.” Torrin, Peyton, and Connor
“It was awesome and also fun!” -Shyanne, Riley, and Noemi
“We wish we had longer noodles, more tape, more time, and no marshmallow!” -Leslie, Christina, and Jayden
“We tried to make a marshmallow tower, but it kept falling. We tried a new way, and it still didn’t work. We took the marshmallow off, and it still didn’t work!” -Charlie, Brendon, Julian, and Cohen
“We started good, but it would not stand. We kept laughing about it, and it got harder. We tried to use the tape, and we tried to use little pieces. We ran out of time, and Cody was shaking the table. It does not matter if you win, it matters if you learn and have fun.” -Logan, Cody, and Matthew
“We had a great time. We built a tower. We were in 2nd place. We worked hard together.” -Lilly, Sophiah, and Wade
We only had two towers that could stand. One was 7 1/2 inches and the other was 11 inches. Next time, we know we will build taller!
What strategies would you use to build a spaghetti tower?