The Greatest Hits Challenge



  • Emily Hart, Electrical Engineering
  • Beth Kreienkamp, Biomedical Engineering
  • Chidima Okafor, Computer/Electrical Engineering


Combining four of the challenges from last year, students had an option to compete in 1 or all 4 of the challenges. The team with the most points at the end of one hour won.

The four challenges included:

  1. Spaghetti Tower - Students were asked to build the tallest freestanding structure with a marshmallow on top. Teams could use a maximum of twenty spaghetti sticks, 1 marshmallow, 1 yard of tape and 1 yard of string per trial.
  2. Queen Bee - Students had to build the tallest tower with the materials provided. A maximum of two team members can be the worker bees and can touch or move the cups. The worker bees are blindfolded. The other member(s) act as the queen bee(s) and can provide ONLY oral instructions.
  3. Foil Boats - Students were given one 3 inch x 3 inch piece of aluminum foil. They were instructed to create a boat capable of floating while holding quarters.
  4. Scavenger Hunt - Students were given close-up pictures of 16 locations at the Busch Student Center. They had to go the center and identify what the items were using only their knowledge of the campus and problem solving skills.


Be sure to look at our Weekly Innovation Reflection Blog where we feature the best student reflection on the method and procedures relating to this challenge, and the learning outcomes.


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