Goal: To encourage students to work together to practice several design thinking mindsets: Radical Collaboration, Bias to Action, Build to Think, Failing Fast, Test and Iterate.
Design Thinking Modes: Prototype, Test
Duration: 45 minutes
Group Size: Groups of 3-4, up to 40 participants
To encourage students to work together to practice several design thinking mindsets: Radical Collaboration, Bias to Action, Build to Think, Failing Fast, Test and Iterate.
The Spaghetti Marshmallow activity is designed to get students working together to build and test their designs with an emphasis on radical collaboration and bias to action.
This exercise is a great way to push students to build, test and iterate. This activity also encourages critical thinking by asking students to synthesize what they learned quickly to create new designs. Students must also demonstrate resilience in the face of challenges or frustrations.
Each group gets:
20 pieces of spaghetti
1 yard of string
1 yard of tape
Instructions:Teamwork Exercise Introduction - 5 minutes
We are not going to get to go through the entire design process today, but instead, we are going to focus on prototyping and testing
Also going to focus on teamwork and bias to action
What is bias to action?
At the d.school we believe in prototyping using cheap and easy-to-find materials. If you build something made out of expensive materials, put a ton of work into it, and then take it to the testing phase you are less likely to accept the constructive feedback and change, or iterate, your design.
In groups of four, build the tallest freestanding tower you can in 10 minutes using only these materials
If extra time, have groups try a second iteration.
Measure Towers - Winners receive stickers! - 5 minutes
What was the hardest part of this challenge? Easiest? What have you learned?
Why is testing so important? What would you do differently if you had the chance to rebuild the tower?