What is this?
The Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge is an activity for beginners in design thinking to practice prototyping in testing. The activity, which is planned to run for 45 minutes but can be trimmed shorter, gives groups of 3-4 students an opportunity to experience what it's like to build together. The facilitator uses debrief questions to draws out lessons on how students work as a team to build together.
You'll find a lesson plan for this challenge to your right that includes timing, materials, instruction and debrief questions. This material is adapted from Tom Wujec's excellent activity.