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

July 21, 2015
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 24.

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 160 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 18 states and 14 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. After the program, 93 percent have gone on to pursue careers in science and engineering.

OTHER LOCATIONS: Smaller spaghetti bridge competitions will occur this week at other Engineering Innovation locations:

Pasadena City College, Thursday July 23 at 10 a.m., in Creveling Lounge, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, Calif.

Tuscarora High School, Friday July 24, 10:30 a.m., in the auditorium, 5312 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, Md.

Bellevue College, Friday July 24, 10:30 a.m., room N200, 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, Wash.

University of the District of Columbia, Friday July 24, 10:30 a.m. Building 32 Room 101E, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

SciTech High School, Friday July 24, 9 a.m., 215 Market St., Harrisburg, Pa.

Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus, 1 Friday July 24, 10 a.m., 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Md.

Clark State Community College, Friday July 24, 10:30 a.m., Sara T. Landess Technology Education Center; 570 East Leffel Lane, Springfield, Ohio

CSU Fullerton, Friday July 24, 11 a.m., Titan Student Union, Pavilion BC, 800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton, Calif.

California Lutheran University, Friday, July 24th, 11 a.m., Uyeno Amphitheater by Overton Hall, 60 W. Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, Calif.


Reporters 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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