This week, I completed the Marshmallow Tower Challenge with Joshua, Trevor and Justin. We were able to win the challenge with a 21 inch tower built using 18 spaghetti noodles & 18 marshmallows holding a ping ball for five seconds. We were charged $100/spaghetti noodle and $25/marshmallow, and received -10 points for every $100 spent and +25 points for every inch of tower. In the end, we beat out the other three teams with a net of 305 points.
Before the challenge began, I do not believe we technically chose a leader. But Trevor and Josh were up to the task and both did very well. Justin was the runner for supplies, and I recorded our items purchased. Everyone, except me, seemed to have experience building structures like this. I was only able to offer a bit of guidance on the budget, and of course, physical labor! Everyone seemed fully engaged and interested in the project, and we were all accepting of everyone’s suggestions while making final decisions as a group. I think my A-type personality was most worried about the time limit, which probably did not help as it created more stress and nervousness.
All-in-all, the challenge went really well for us because we won! The only thing I would have done differently, is to draw out our design before diving in head first.