North Carolina A&T’s Extreme IT Day

Foxhole Technology participated in North Carolina A&T’s Extreme IT Day activities at the University.  Approximately 250 high school students from around the Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham, and Winston-Salem/High Point region with interests in technology attended the event. Students participated in five hands-on sessions, including  the Marshmallow Challenge, Web Development, BlockChain, Robotics, App Development. 

Foxhole Technology co-sponsored the Marshmallow Challenge with Cisco. For each thirty-five minute session, with forty to fifty students in attendance, the activity brought four-five students together around a table, with instructions to build the tallest free-standing structure in 20 minutes – using only twenty sticks of uncooked spaghetti, a yard of string, a yard of tape, a marshmallow, and the small paper bag that the materials were stored in. The marshmallow had to be placed on the top of the structure.  Sounds easy – but it wasn’t. The team with the tallest free-standing structure in each session received prizes from Foxhole Technologyand Cisco.

The remainder of each session was spent in open discussion about the challenges that the students faced during the structure build – the role that leadership plays in the activity; the benefits surrounding project planning, collaboration, and testing assumptions;  and how each team handled time-ending pressures to complete their build. The tallest structure built was 21.5" tall.

Copies of the Marshmallow Challenge Rules of Play and After-Event questions were given to the teacher/chaperones for each school.  Each was encouraged to conduct a similar event in their classrooms -- a lessons-learned second attempt at building the structure, and discussing the values that the activity brings to each student.

NC A&T University, founded in 1891, is the largest public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) university in the country, and is nationally recognized as the largest producer of engineering degrees awarded to African Americans at the undergraduate level.  Its Center for Academic Studies in Identify Science is the first and only National Intelligence Science and Technology CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space) in the United States.