Using 20 pieces of spaghetti, a yard of masking tape and a yard of string, 750 freshmen in ACU’s Cornerstone course were given 18 minutes to build the tallest freestanding structure capable of holding a marshmallow on top.


We worked with Mike Wiggins, chair of the Art & Design department, to design support materials and manage logistics for a design challenge to support his spotlight talk. The experience helped students understand the value of collaboration and creative problem solving in a range of disciplines.

To learn more about the origins of the Marshmallow Challenge, watch Tom Wujec’s TED Talk:

Thanks to the following students and faculty for sharing their reflections on the project:

Alex Jowett
Shacourtney King
Dr. Jeanene Reese
Latonia Smith
Susan Teel
Jacob Thomsen
Brandon Young