About 120 high school students from 11 nations and 18 states will compete in Johns Hopkins University’s annual, tension-filled Spaghetti Bridge Contest, marking the culmination of a four-week summer engineering program.
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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.
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.