Design Challenge: Spaghetti Structures

Students learned how engineers collaborate to design, test and improve their ideas. Student teams had a period of 18 minutes to build the tallest free-standing spaghetti structure that could support a marshmallow.

After this activity, students understood that even weak materials can be made stronger with good design techniques, and they learned the importance of teamwork in engineering.

This activity was meant to be an experiential introduction to the engineering design process.