Marshmallow Challenge!!
Marshmallow Challenge: Rules
Your team has 18 minutes to build the tallest freestanding structure
that supports the marshmallow on top.
• The winning team is the one that has the tallest structure measured from
the table surface to the top of the marshmallow. That means the structure
can’t be suspended from a higher structure, like a chair, ceiling or light
• The entire marshmallow needs to be on the top of the structure. Cutting or
eating part of the marshmallow disqualifies the team.
• Use as much or as little of the kit: The team can use as many or as few of
the 20 spaghetti sticks, as much or as little of the string or tape. The team
cannot use the paper bag as part of their structure
• Break up the spaghetti, string, or tape: Teams are free to break the
spaghetti, cut up the tape and string to create new structures.
• When time runs out, teams cannot hold on to the structure. It must be
freestanding to be measured. Those touching or supporting the structure at
the end of the exercise will be disqualified
Lessons from the Marshmallow Challenge
• Community

• Network
• Group Share: Think about a powerful
learning environment that you have
experienced. What made it powerful?

• Ground rules

• Additions? Revisions?
Icebreaker Activity

Envision yourself five years from
now. You are receiving an award
for “Excellence in Student Equity.”
You are so happy; your insides are
swelling with pride and tears are
streaming down your cheeks. This
is exactly what you wanted.
Who is giving
the award?
What did you do?
• Pair:
– Share some highlights of your reflection with a
– Make sure that each of you has had an
opportunity to share uninterrupted before you
respond to what you’ve heard.
• Share at your table:
– Introduce your partner
– Share highlights of your conversation
The Why
• Take some time to reflect on your award. What
are you really hoping to accomplish? What
draws you to this work ?
• As you write, consider your own personal “Why.”
• What is the passion that underlies your award?
WHY do you teach/ advocate/ program build in
the ways that you do? What is your bottom line
—the thing that, if pushed, you really won’t
compromise on? What drives you?
• Share:
– Share some highlights of your reflection with
your table.
• Connect:
– Identify a shared “why” for your table
– Take a group picture! You will post this in the
Facebook group with the caption that includes
your group’s shared “why.”

We will see you back here at 8:00pm
Is Real Change Possible?
Review your homework response to the following
• In this piece Klein examines the reasons that
organizational change efforts so often fail. He
argues that real change occurs when leaders take
an “integral approach.” Reflect upon the following
questions, in writing if possible:
– what does he mean by an “integral approach?”
– can you think of any examples from your institution that
align with and/or push back on Klein’s framework?
– how might Klein’s framework help you plan your current
BSILI initiative?
Is Real Change Possible?

• Share your resonating ideas with your
• Whole Group share out
• Connections to system-wide
• Modeling quadrants as a way to articulate
3CSN’s Why.
Team Why
• Identify the Why for your team’s initiative.
• Team work to articulate your why through
each quadrant.
• Select two quadrants that seem to have
the most energy for your group.
• Create a video or digital storyboard articulating
your “Why” through one of the Klein
quadrants. What elements (Personal meaning
and engagement, Skills and behaviors, Culture
and Shared values, Systems and structures)
would need to be in place?
• If you have not read the Wenger article and
chosen several “golden lines” to discuss,
please do so now.
• Post group “why” with group picture to
Facebook Group
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