Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation The Marshmallow Challenge - Section 2: Engineering


The Marshmallow Challenge is a fun and instructive exercise that encourages teams of students to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity. This challenge also reveals the true nature of collaboration, illustrates how each person innovates and emphasizes the importance of diverse perspectives.  

I chose to do this lesson to begin this unit because I felt like my students needed a reminder about persevering with projects, tasks, and school work. While this lesson could be done anytime of year, I felt like it also fit nicely at the beginning of this Earth Changes unit when my students will wrestle with ideas about engineers, building materials with slow and rapid changes. 

The challenge went very well. Most groups were successful and all groups said that they would do things differently if given an opportunity to make changes and start again. This is what engineers, scientists, and mathematicians do when faced with a problem: persevere and make changes when something doesn't work. 

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The Marshmallow Challenge

Unit 4: Earth Changes
Lesson 1 of 18

Objective: SWBAT generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem and explore engineering processes.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students work in teams to build a free standing marshmallow tower in order to gain an understanding of building materials and perseverance.

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Science, Building Structures, engineering, marshmallow challeng
  45 minutes
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