Marshmallow Challenge takes students to new heights

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What could you do with a marshmallow, spaghetti, masking tape and string? OPPD’s Society of Engineers thinks area fifth graders will be able to do something amazing.

They’re challenging students to build a free-standing structure in order to cash in on some prizes. The three classrooms with the tallest structures will win goody bags and a visit from some OPPD engineers.

With a teacher’s or facilitator’s oversight, students must work in teams to build the tallest structure they can out of dry spaghetti and tape, making sure the marshmallow is supported on top, all in just 20 minutes.

The annual contest honors National Engineer’s Week, with the goal of inspiring innovation and encouraging young people to consider a career in the field.

Entries are being accepted until 5 p.m., Feb. 25, and can be submitted through the OPPD Facebook page. Winners will be announced Feb. 26. To learn more about the contest or to view entries, visit OPPD’s Facebook page.

Althea McMickell

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Althea McMickell, The Wire contributor, is an advertising specialist at the Omaha Public Power District.

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