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Nov. 4, 2003
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
(410) 516-7907

Spaghetti Bridge Contest Set for Nov. 9
Students Will Put Pasta Spans to the Test on
Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 — Bridges go on display at 12:30 p.m.; Weight competition begins at 2 p.m.
WHERE: The SDS Room, Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center at The Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
WHAT: Johns Hopkins students, working in teams of two or three, are designing and building 17 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).
WHY: Freshmen enrolled in an introductory course called What is Engineering learn important engineering concepts while designing and building a sturdy pasta structure. Also, the winning team receives $100.
NOTE: Spectators are welcome. Admission is free.
Prof. Michael Karweit. (Before the event, Karweit can be reached at 410-516-8415.)

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