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

July 23, 2014

CONTACT: Ellen Poltilove



Future Engineers Use Their Noodles to Build Bridges from Spaghetti


WHO: Approximately 35 high school students from the DC-Maryland-Virginia area and beyond.

WHAT: Students, with their parents looking on, will compete in the annual, tension-filled Spaghetti Bridge Contest, marking the culmination of a four-week summer engineering program. Using only dry spaghetti and epoxy, 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 teams whose bridges hold the most weight. The record stands at 132 pounds.

WHERE: Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Md. The event will be in the Gilchrist Hall auditorium.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, July 25.

WHY: The Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering created the summer program, Engineering Innovation, to expose high school students to the disciplines of engineering. During the session, they learn to think critically and problem-solve. Since the program’s launch in 2006, more than 80 percent of participants have gone on to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Of the 1,951 students who’ve completed the program to date, 31 percent were women, 16 percent African American and 16 percent Latino/Hispanic.

Members of the press who expect to cover this event should RSVP to Ellen Poltilove at 301-315-2896 or


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