?Marshmallow Challenge? tests students? team skills

21st January 2019

Students learnt about team building by building a marshmallow-topped tower together last week.

The Marshmallow Challenge, used by businesses and schools across the World, tasks teams to build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow.

Teams of Barking & Dagenham College students were instructed that the marshmallow must be on top and could not be deformed to hold it in place. The structure had to stand firmly on its own; it could not be propped up, held, or suspended from the ceiling.

Beauty student Lucy Blythe, 17 from Dagenham took part in a team of four, she said: “It was such a giggle and afterwards we all had time to reflect on our teamwork, such as what our strengths and weaknesses were. I learnt some really valuable lessons for the future.”

Tim Carey, Business Enterprise Lead at the College added: “The winning team, which Lucy was on, managed to build a tower 21 inches high. Apparently business graduates don’t usually manage more than 20 inches, so they did really well.”

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