Spaghetti Bridge Built to Win
Contest Culminates Monthlong Engineering Course for High School Students
July 29, 2013
Garrett Struckhoff, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and one of the instructors for Engineering Innovation, adds weight to a bridge during the Engineering Innovation Spaghetti Bridge Contest.
How much weight can a 9-ounce bridge made of uncooked pasta hold? Eighty-four pounds. That was the winning weight in the July 26 Spaghetti Bridge Contest, which culminated the four-week Engineering Innovation program for high school students. The four who designed and built the winning entry are Austin Au-Yeung of Walnut, Alex Hattori of Torrance, Nick Oune of Irvine and Hadi Zhang of Hacienda Heights.
Thirty-six students participated in the summer engineering course, a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and Johns Hopkins University. The course gave the young students real-world, hands-on experience and insight into engineering as a career. Thanks to a recent gift from the Raytheon Co., some local students also received scholarships to attend the campus program.
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