#2: Since the kids are a bit off their rockers on the day before Spring Break anyway, our school makes it even MORE FUN *ahem* :) and we do something called MAD - Math All Day. We are set up into pods of 3, and we do the same activity with each of the 3 classes. My activity was The Marshmallow Challenge. It was so fun!! They were given 20 dry spaghetti noodles, a yard of string, a yard of tape, and a marshmallow with these directions:
✦Build the Tallest Freestanding Structure: The winning team is the one that has the tallest structure measured from the table top surface to the top of the marshmallow. That means the structure cannot be suspended from a higher structure, like a chair, ceiling or chandelier.✦The Entire Marshmallow Must be on Top: 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.
✦The Challenge Lasts 18 Minutes: Teams cannot hold on to the structure when the time runs out. Those touching or supporting the structure at the end of the exercise will be disqualified.
The winner of all three classes was in my room!! Their structure was 19 inches tall!! :)