What happens when you combine spaghetti, grown adults, sting, tape, scissors and 4 marshmallows? An educational opportunity! All of our participants got into 4 groups and were given 20 spaghetti (uncooked) per table, 1 pair of scissors (sharpened), 1 roll of tape (sticky) and 1 marshmallow (luscious).
The goal of this exercise was to make the highest free-standing structure possible with the marshmallow intact on the top in 15 minutes. The scissors were not to be used as a construction material, by the way, only as a tool. Furthermore, any spaghetti broken on duty will not be replaced, but sorely missed. So tread carefully!
And the winner is…! 60 cm tall!
But this exercise was not just for fun (or even for the joy of eating the marshmallows at the end). The Learnings that were to be gained are better listed than explained:
- Trial and error
- Find your role
- Do not over-engineer, start!
- Take second chances and improve
- Look at your competitors
by Artemis Nikolaidou-Vichou