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News Releases : Marshmallow Challenge underway for 5th graders

It’s harder than you may think. Build a tower as tall as you can using only dry spaghetti, string and tape, and top it off with a big marshmallow. The highest structure wins.

All fifth grade classrooms in Omaha Public Power District’s service territory are invited to give the Marshmallow Challenge a try. The contest, now underway, coincides with National Engineering Week, Feb. 17-23. OPPD’s Society of Engineers has sponsored the challenge locally for six years.

The purpose of this challenge is to promote problem-solving, teamwork and innovation. It is part of OPPD’s ongoing commitment to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

For official rules and to enter, visit Omaha Public Power District’s Facebook challenge. Entries are being accepted until 5 p.m., Feb. 21. OPPD will announce the winners Feb. 22. They will receive goody bags from the OPPD Society of Engineers, as well as a visit from one of our employees to talk about engineering careers. This year, there will also be special recognition for the team that shows the most creative use of their materials, even if their structure is not among the highest.

Photos of previous Marshmallow Challenge entries are available upon request. 

Educators interested in joining our Marshmallow Challenge email list should let us know at