## How do you facilitate the marshmallow challenge?

## How do you facilitate the marshmallow challenge?

Create teams of four participants, explain the task below and run the challenge. The task is simple: in eighteen minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.

**What supplies do you need for the marshmallow challenge?**

Create a marshmallow challenge kit for each team, with each kit containing 20 of spaghetti, 1 meter of masking tape, 1 meter of string and 1 marshmallow. These ingredients should be placed into a paper lunch bag or envelope, which simplifies distribution and hides the contents, maximizing the element of surprise.

**How does the marshmallow Challenge work?**

The challenge seems simple enough: small teams have to build a structure in 18 minutes using 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string and 1 marshmallow. The winning team is the one that can construct the tallest freestanding structure with the marshmallow on top within the time allowed.

### Can you do the marshmallow challenge online?

There are many versions of the Marshmallow Challenge available online, but this version is based on the original challenge developed by Peter Skillman and takes a facilitative approach.

**What is the purpose of the spaghetti and marshmallow challenge?**

It encourages the design mindset and supports basic engineering principles. The basic idea is that a team is given a handful of supplies to work with — spaghetti, tape, and string — and given 18 minutes to build the tallest possible tower that can SUPPORT a marshmallow.

**Can you use scissors in the marshmallow challenge?**

The teams are given supplies of one marshmallow, 20 sticks of spaghetti, 40 inches of string, 40 inches of sticky tape, and scissors. Teams are told that they have 18 minutes to complete the task of creating the highest freestanding tower that can support one whole marshmallow on the top.

## What can we learn from the marshmallow experiment?

Perhaps the most important conclusion of The Marshmallow Test is that “will power” is not an inborn trait. The children who couldn’t wait and ate the marshmallows simply had not learned the skills the other children used. Once they learned them, they got better at delaying gratification.

**Why are kindergartners better at the marshmallow challenge than adult business students?**

It’s because the kids rarely jockey for power in the group. They collaborate freely and naturally. They are more comfortable with iteration than their adult competitors who are inclined to spend the majority of their 18 minutes sharpening the proverbial ax and only a couple actually getting the structure built.

**Why do business students fail the marshmallow challenge?**

In traditional classes, business students get trained to write comprehensive business plans – not realizing hidden assumptions will ultimately hinder their success. On the other hand, kindergartners excel at the Marshmallow Challenge because they don’t make plans based on hidden assumptions.

### What can you learn from the marshmallow challenge?

Always test theories through prototyping. You think that marshmallows are light and will be easily supported, but when teams start building the structure, it suddenly tips it over. Prototyping and iterative process make for constant improvement and eventual success.

**What do you learn from the marshmallow test?**

**How long does the marshmallow challenge take?**

18 minutes

The Challenge Lasts 18 minutes: Teams cannot hold on to the structure when the time runs out. Those touching or supporting the structure at the end of the exercise will be disqualified.

## What does the marshmallow test teach us about children?

**How many people can be on a marshmallow challenge team?**

Imagine a room filled with 30 people, divided into six teams. Each team gets 20 sticks of spaghetti, a yard of string, strips of scotch tape, and a single marshmallow.