All fifth grade classrooms in Omaha Public Power District’s service territory are invited to think tall and work as a team, through the Marshmallow Challenge. The contest, now underway, coincides with National Engineering Week, Feb. 18-24. OPPD’s Society of Engineers has sponsored the challenge locally for the past five years.
The Marshmallow Challenge is a contest designed to promote problem-solving, teamwork and innovation. It is part of OPPD’s ongoing commitment to Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) education.
With the guidance of their teachers, students must build the tallest structure they can within 20 minutes, using unconventional materials including a marshmallow, string and dry spaghetti. For classrooms that choose to participate, teachers provide the building blocks, and students supply the creativity. The sky’s the limit.
For official rules and to enter, visit Facebook/OmahaPublicPowerDistrict. Entries are being accepted until 5 p.m., Feb. 22. OPPD will announce the winners Feb. 23. They will receive goody bags from the OPPD Society of Engineers, as well as a visit from one of our employees to talk about engineering careers. This year, there will also be special recognition for the team that shows the most creative use of their materials, even if their structure is not among the highest.
To see how the challenge works, view this video from a previous Marshmallow Challenge. Feel free to share it, courtesy of OPPD. Photos are available upon request.
Educators interested in joining our Marshmallow Challenge email list should let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.