Marshmallow Challenge

4. How helpful was everyone on your team in challenging the process of building the tallest structure? Did anyone appear to be an expert?

I think everyone was really helpful during all parts of the process. While we were brainstorming I think everyone came up with creative ideas and respected what each other’s thoughts about what would work. When we decided to try the first idea, and it didn’t work the team wasn’t discouraged, and we quickly moved on to the next idea without feeling defeated or without any feelings being hurt. Everyone contributed to the idea we ultimately decided to go with and had little problem collaborating and talking to one another. As we built everyone had great ideas about how to go higher, make the structure more stable, and fix the impending tilt that we saw at the top of our Eiffel-like structure. Each person seemed a little more attuned to developing a different part of the structure (base vs. top, stability vs. height, etc.) and I think it was our different ideas, decisive action, support, creativity and rationality all coming together that gave our structure the winning height.

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7. How did you feel as the time limit was approaching? Did pressure increase? If yes, was that helpful or not?

As the time limit approached (specifically around the two-minute mark and beyond) we started to panic. However, we didn’t flail our arms and run around in circles, but we actually started making decisions. Up until then we had done a lot of discussion and had built most of the structure, but we hadn’t really taken any steps to actually make sure the marshmallow would hold at the top. We started to work more efficiently and listen more intently to each other as the time got shorter, and it was at the last minute that the idea to anchor down the structure in the opposite way of its lean was actually put in place, completely saving the structure from collapsing on itself. The time limit was limiting, but I think it gave us just enough time to come up with a few ideas, quickly test, and put together an actual structure.

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