Marshmallow Challenge in Elfrida

This week adults and kids participated in  a marshmallow challenge in Elfrida. This creativity exercise has been done nationwide with school children, as well as Fortune 500 business executives. The challenge is to make a self-supported tower that is as tall as possible using the following supplied materials: 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, Read more about Marshmallow Challenge in Elfrida[…]

Kids Maker Day

On March 27, local grade K-4 students gathered at the Portal Library for a Maker Day. We started with a challenge to design and build a structure using toothpicks and mini-marshmallows. After that students made their own books. Topics included spring, the seasons, weather, and cooking. Students’ favorite activity was the photo challenges and digital photography. Below Read more about Kids Maker Day[…]


As a part of the March 9 Maker Day at Animas Public School, grade 3-5 students made Rube Goldberg-style contraptions incorporating simple machines. As was done in other parts of the day, we emphasized the design process with planning, building, and iterating. Students began by working in small groups to design what they planned to Read more about Contraptions![…]

Marshmallow design challenge

On March 9, we conducted a Maker Day with Animas Public School students in grades K-5. The morning was spent with grade K-2 students. We began with a new marshmallow construction challenge. This one would involve small groups building towers with mini-marshmallows and toothpicks. Before beginning, we talked about the design process and how real-world Read more about Marshmallow design challenge[…]