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.
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It’s suspenseful and nervewracking as students who’ve spent days designing and building bridges put their brittle creations to the test, gradually adding weight, kilo by kilo. Prizes and bragging rights go to the bridges that support the most weight – the record stands at 132 pounds. The event caps the university’s Engineering Innovation summer program for young people likely to become the next generation of scientists and engineers.
MEDIA ADVISORY — Putting Pasta to the Test: High Schoolers to Compete in Spaghetti Bridge Contest at Johns Hopkins
On Friday, July 27, about 120 high school students, grouped in teams of three or four, will compete at the Homewood campus in the annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest, marking the culmination of a four-week summer course called Engineering Innovation. Using only uncooked spaghetti and epoxy, the students have constructed bridges that they will test in the contest. More weight will be added to each structure until the pasta bridge breaks. Prizes will be awarded to the teams whose bridges hold the most weight.