Marshmallows were first invented as throat medicine in Ancient Egypt and in Ancient Rome gladiators rubbed the marshmallow plant’s sap into their bodies in preparation for the challenges. Here at MIT Launch, our students use it in an even more creative way.


The objective is to elevate the marshmallow as high as possible with household materials. Seems simple, right?


As an exercise designed to teach the importance of testing all assumptions in a challenge, the Marshmallow Challenge is done by people from all walks of life. From kindergarteners to engineers to business executives, this challenge reveals just how important it is to not only have the right skill set, but also the right team and mindset when approaching these challenges. Test early, test often, and may the highest marshmallow win!