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November 1, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
Spaghetti Bridge Contest Set for Nov.
Students Will Put Pasta Spans to the Test on
Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus
||Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005
Bridges go on display at 1:30 p.m.;
Weight competition begins at 3 p.m.
||The Glass Pavilion
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.,
||Johns Hopkins students,
working in teams of two or three, are designing and
building about 14 model bridges, using only spaghetti
and glue. At Sunday=s event, the bridges will be
tested to see which can hold the most weight before
it breaks. To date, the best student bridge has held
64 kilograms (140 lbs).
||Freshmen enrolled in an
introductory course called "What is Engineering?"
learn important engineering concepts while designing
and building a sturdy pasta structure. Those who
build a bridge that can hold at least 10 kilograms
(about 22 lbs.) are excused from the final exam.
Also, the winning team receives $100.
||Spectators are welcome.
Admission is free.
|MEDIA CONTACT AT THE
||Prof. Michael Karweit.
(Before the event,
Karweit can be reached at 410-516-8415.)
photos from previous Spaghetti Bridge contests
available on request.
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