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Johns Hopkins University
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Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

February 12, 2009
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman

Who Will Build the Tallest Tower of
Pasta and Marshmallows?

Who: Johns Hopkins engineering students will be given 30 minutes to see which team can build the tallest tower made solely of pasta and marshmallows.

When: Monday, Feb. 16, 2009. Student teams will check in at 5:20 p.m. Tower construction will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at approximately 6:15 p.m.

Where: Inside Levering Hall's Glass Pavilion at The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.

What: To celebrate the kickoff of Engineer Week 2009, the Hopkins Undergraduate Engineering Society will conduct it second annual Tower of Power Half-Hour contest. Each team, consisting of up to five students, may use only 1 pound of pasta and two 1-pound bags of marshmallows to make their structure. Last year's winning pasta-and-marshmallow tower topped 5 feet.

Why: Students will compete for bragging rights and for prizes and gifts valued at up to $250 for the first- place team. The event also will serve as a light-hearted learning experience for students in the university's Whiting School of Engineering. In addition, the competition will raise money for the Dean's Student Initiatives Fund.

Contact during the Event: Stephen Reilly, co-president of the Hopkins Undergraduate Engineering Society, will be master of ceremonies for the contest. He will be available for interviews.