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High School Students Spend Summer Building Better Mousetraps and Spaghetti Bridges

This summer, 22 high school students from Maryland and Virginia put engineering concepts to test as part of the Whiting School of Engineering's four-week summer Engineering Innovation program.

During the program, students apply their knowledge of math and science to labs and hands-on projects -- including building a better mousetrap and robot assembly -- that link concepts they’ve learned in high school classrooms to real-world situations. The program concludes with a spaghetti bridge competition where teams of students test bridges they've constructed using spaghetti and epoxy to see whose construct can hold the most weight.

 

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See video from the 2009 Engineering Innovation spaghetti bridge contest.

CATEGORY: K-12 Outreach