Hold the meatballs! High school students build spaghetti bridges at CSUF – Orange County Register
As America looks to rebuild its infrastructure, the next generation of engineers is practicing constructing bridges – out of spaghetti.
Bradley Goedde, from Polytechnic School in Pasadena, works on his team’s entry, which won the competition by supporting 77 pounds. (Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton)
Family members attended the spaghetti bridge competition, which capped a four-week program for high school students on the Cal State Fullerton campus. (Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton)
High school students in the Engineering Innovation program at Cal State Fullerton completed lab activities in several engineering disciplines for college credit. (Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton)
Beena Ajmera, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, checks out the spaghetti bridge of one of the teams in the Engineering Innovation competition July 21 at Cal State Fullerton. (Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton)
The winning team in the Engineering Innovation spaghetti bridge competition July 21 at Cal State Fullerton consisted of Raymond Mo, from Fullerton’s Troy High School; Bradley Goedde, from Pasadena’s Polytechnic School; and Aaron Wang, from Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills. (Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton)
Participants in the Engineering Innovation program received credit from Johns Hopkins University, which partnered with Cal State Fullerton in the program. (Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton)
It’s not due to budget cuts for raw materials, but part of a nationwide competition that gives high school students the chance to explore engineering concepts and earn college credit.
At Cal State Fullerton on July 21, 45 students divided into 12 teams and designed and built bridges using dry spaghetti and epoxy, then tested them to see how much weight they could hold before breaking. The students – from Orange County and area schools plus some from Canada, China and Turkey – were enrolled in Engineering Innovation, offered through a partnership between the university and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The competition caps the four-week program.
More than 460 students competed in spaghetti bridge contests at 12 sites around the country. Cal State Fullerton holds the program’s record, with last year’s winning entry supporting 169 pounds.
This year, the winning bridge supported 77 pounds.
The program, which CSUF has offered since 2006, allows high school students to link the concepts they’ve learned…