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    The marshmallow challenge is an ideal introduction to several key aspects of innovation – idea generation, collaboration, creativity and teamwork. It‘s a simple experiential activity where teams of students are given a challenge to build the tallest freestanding structure that will support the weight of one marshmallow. They have 18 minutes to complete the challenge and are given a set number of building materials.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • discuss their experience of working in a team for this challenge
    • identify some of the key challenges and benefits of working in a team
    • identify some of the key steps required to successfully complete this activity
    • identify some of the key behaviours required to successfully complete this activity
    • discuss what they might do differently next time
    • relate their experience to key information in the About innovation video clip.

    Download the Word file for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • extension idea
    • student handout.

    Useful links

    View thought leader and award-winning innovator Tom Wujec’s TED talk on the benefits of the marshmallow challenge.

    Visit the Marshmallow Challenge website.

      Published 29 November 2013 Referencing Hub articles