Students were put into groups and given the task of creating the tallest possible structure using 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The difficult part of the task was that marshmallow must be on the top of the structure and they only had 18 minutes to complete the task.
Before they began, they watched a clip from the Meet the Robinsons. The clip shows that failure and then keep moving forward can actually be a good thing because you can learn from your mistakes.
About half of the groups built a structure that stood with the marshmallow on the top with the tallest structure topping out at 20 1/4 inches. Those that struggled learned that waiting to put the marshmallow on top until the very end did not work. Here are the results from all of the groups.
The task ended with students watching the Ted Talk about the marshmallow challenge. They learned some of the best builders in the challenge were kindergarten students because they continued to create prototypes (or in other words they kept moving forward).