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Meeting the Marshmallow Challenge

 

Students in Dean Longwell's AP Physics class at the High School participated in the "Marshmallow Challenge" this week to test their physics reasoning skills.

In teams of four, the students were provided with 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of masking tape, one yard of string and one large marshmallow. The students were tasked with using the materials to build the tallest, free-standing structure with a time limit of 18 minutes. Students were permitted to use the materials in any way they wished, with only one caveat - the marshmallow had to be at the very top of the structure. 

Participating in the challenge helps students with team-building skills, as well as the ability to think creatively and work collaboratively to solve the problem. The challenge was created by Peter Skillman of Palm, Inc. and has been used globally by students at all grade levels. 

The overall champions from all of Mr. Longwell's classes was Joe C.(grade 11), Alison C., Valerie F., and Katrina J., with a structure measuring 28 inches tall. 

 

Posted by berg in STEM, High School, STEAM on Thursday December, 22, 2016 at 01:41PM
Tags:  High School, STEAM, STEM
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