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

July 22, 2014
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to about noon, Friday, July 25.

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 120 high school students from 11 nations and 18 states will compete in the annual, tension-filled Spaghetti Bridge Contest, marking the culmination of a four-week summer engineering program. Using only dry spaghetti and epoxy, 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 teams whose bridges hold the most weight. The record stands at 132 pounds.

WHO: This year’s participating students come from the Baltimore region and from as far away as China, Lebanon, Senegal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Many of their parents will be in the audience cheering them on.

WHY: The Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering created the summer program, Engineering Innovation, to expose high school students to the disciplines of engineering. During the session, they learn to think critically and problem-solve. Since the program’s launch in 2006, more than 80 percent of participants have gone on to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Of the 1,951 students who’ve completed the program to date, 31 percent were women, 16 percent African American and 16 percent Latino/Hispanic.

Additional 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.; 11 a.m. at California Lutheran University, Swenson Hall, 60 W. Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; 9:30 a.m. at SciTech High School, 215 Market St., Harrisburg, Pa.; 9:45 a.m. Bellevue College, Room N201, 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, Wash.; 11 a.m. at CSU Fullerton, Titan Theater in the Titan Student Union, 800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton, Calif.; 9 a.m. California Baptist University, Engineering Building, Room 210D, 3739 Adams St., Riverside, Calif.; 11 a.m. Pasadena City College, Creveling Lounge, 1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, 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 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 443-997-9906 or 443-547-8805 or jrosen@jhu.edu

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