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News Releases : Marshmallow Challenge puts students’ engineering skills to the test

Their mission is to build a tower as tall as they can. But the only materials they can use are dry spaghetti, string, tape, and a marshmallow to top it off.

All fifth grade classrooms in Omaha Public Power District’s service territory are invited to take part in OPPD’s Marshmallow Challenge. The contest, now underway, coincides with National Engineering Week, Feb. 16-22.

OPPD’s Society of Engineers sponsors the challenge, now in its seventh year. The goal is to promote problem-solving, teamwork and innovation. The contest is part of OPPD’s ongoing commitment to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

For official rules and to enter, visit Omaha Public Power District’s Facebook page. Entries are being accepted until 5 p.m., Feb. 20.

OPPD will announce three winners, with the three highest structures, Feb. 21. They will receive some OPPD swag, as well as a classroom visit from one of our employees who will talk about careers in engineering.

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.

Educators interested in joining our Marshmallow Challenge email list should let us know at

Photos and video of previous Marshmallow Challenge events are available upon request.