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MEDIA ADVISORY: Future Engineers Use Their Noodles to Build Bridges from Spaghetti

July 24, 2013
Office: 443-287-9960
Cell: 443-547-8805

High school students compete in Johns Hopkins University’s annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 26.

WHERE: Hodson Hall, Room 110, at The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. Parking is available in the South Garage.

WHAT: About 115 high school students will compete in the annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest, marking the culmination of a four-week summer course called Engineering Innovation. Using only dry spaghetti and epoxy, the students have designed and built bridges that the contest will test. Kilo by kilo, weight will be added to the bridges until they shatter. Prizes will be awarded to the teams whose bridges hold the most weight. The record stands at 132 pounds.

WHO: Students are from 21 states and eight countries – including some from Baltimore City Schools. Their families will be cheering them on.

WHY: The Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering created Engineering Innovation to expose high school students to the various engineering disciplines and to teach them critical thinking and problem solving. More than 80 percent of those who complete the program go on to pursue careers in science and engineering.

OTHER LOCATIONS:  Also on Friday smaller spaghetti bridge competitions will occur at other Engineering Innovation locations: 10:30 a.m. at Tuscarora High School, 5312 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, Md.; 10 a.m. at California Lutheran University, Swenson Hall, 60 W. Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; 9 a.m. at SciTech High School, 215 Market St., Harrisburg, Pa.; 11 a.m. at CSU Fullerton, Kinesiology and Health Science 199, 800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton, Calif.; 10:30 a.m. at Montgomery County Community College, College Hall 151, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, Pa.; 10 a.m. at University of the District of Columbia, Building 42 Room 112B, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. and 10:30 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus, Gilchrist Hall, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Md.

Members of the press who expect to cover this event should RSVP to Jill Rosen at 443-287-9906 or 443-547-8805 or jrosen@jhu.edu.


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