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November 1, 2005
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman

Attention Assignment Editor
Spaghetti Bridge Contest Set for Nov. 6

Students Will Put Pasta Spans to the Test on
Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005
Bridges go on display at 1:30 p.m.;
Weight competition begins at 3 p.m.
WHERE: The Glass Pavilion
Levering Hall
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 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).
WHY: 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.
NOTE: Spectators are welcome. Admission is free.
MEDIA CONTACT AT THE EVENT: Prof. Michael Karweit. (Before the event, Karweit can be reached at 410-516-8415.)
High-resolution digital photos from previous Spaghetti Bridge contests available on request.

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