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The Spaghetti Bridge Competition is back for 2017!

 

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What is the Spaghetti Bridge Competition?

The competition is a fun and challenging opportunity for students to test their engineering skills and experience the planning, creativity, problem solving and team work required for a career in engineering.

Teams are challenged to build the strongest bridge weighing no more than 300 g (including a load plate), constructed with only store-bought spaghetti and glue and to span a gap of 35 cm.

This year we will be testing bridges in three locations:

  • Townsville – August 13 – James Cook University
  • Northern Brisbane/Sunshine Coast – August 18 – St Eugene College, Burpengary
  • Central/Southern Brisbane/Gold Coast – August 21 – venue to be confirmed

There will be two FREE Professional Development workshops for teachers to support this event:

  • Brisbane – May 29 – 4 pm to 6.30 pm (TAFE Brisbane, South Bank Campus)
  • Townsville – June 1 – 2.30 pm to 5 pm (James Cook University)

During the Professional Development sessions, civil engineers will provide information on the physics of bridges, and TELG will provide curriculum ideas, tips on how to build a spaghetti bridge and other useful information to help your teams successfully participate in this event.

Prizes:

  • Winner – Largest Peak Load (across all three testing locations) – $2000
  • Second Place (across all three testing locations) – $1000
  • Largest Peak load in each testing location (if not already receiving Winner or Second Place) – $500*
  • Year 7 Winner (if not receiving any of the above prizes) – $500**
*This prize will be awarded to one or two teams only, depending on the location(s) of the winner and second placed teams.  Teams in a location where the winner and/or second placed teams are will not be eligible for the $500.
**The “Year 7” prize is defined as the top-placing team, where at least 75% (or as close as possible) of the team are Year 7 students.  The oldest member of the team can be in Year 8.

If you would like to register for the competition, please complete the form by clicking on the button below.

School Competition Registration

If you would like to register for the Bridges Teacher PD:

Note: teams will be sent up to three load hooks as part of their registration (for free).  Additional load hooks can be ordered from us @ $6.50 each plus postage.  Load hooks can be shared between teams – there is no need for each team to have their own hooks.

What Should I Do If I Want My School To Participate?

  1. Download Rules and Conditions document.  Read it carefully.
  2. Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page for updates.
  3. Apply to your school to come to the PD.
  4. Start to organise your teams.

Save the Date

PD for Teachers (Free)!

  • Brisbane – May 15 – 4 pm to 6.30 pm (venue to be advised)
  • Townsville – June 1 – 2.30 pm to 5 pm (James Cook University)

Testing Dates:

  • Townsville – August 13 – James Cook University
  • Northern Brisbane/Sunshine Coast – August 18 – St Eugene College, Burpengary
  • Central/Southern Brisbane/Gold Coast – August 21 – TAFE Qld Brisbane, South Bank

“…sincere thanks for encouraging and inspiring the next generation to engage with engineering through the spaghetti bridge competition. I know our lads at St Edmund’s College really appreciated the opportunity. See you all again next year.” 
Stuart Hasley
“We recently wrote thank you letters to the bus driver that drove us to and from the Ekka and even though I have a class of 16 year old boys, they named ‘testing their spaghetti bridge’ as one of their main highlights of the day, which beat the rides and show bags they were desperate to get to! It just goes to show how proud they were of their designs, efforts and being part of a competition in which their mainstream peers attended.”

Maria Wallace

How to Register Your Team(s):

1. Visit our Registration Page and register your teams

2. Schools can enter up to 10 teams.  Each school will receive up to 5 load hooks (extra hooks are available to purchase for $6.50 each, plus postage).

Note: By registering a team, you are automatically agreeing to abide by the competition rules, terms and conditions.

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