The Spaghetti Bridge Competition is a problem-solving engineering challenge for students from Grades 7 to 12. Teams have two months to plan, design and build a bridge from store-bought spaghetti and glue. They come together at a venue to test their bridge’s strength on a custom-made rig. The bridge that withstands the most force is declared the winner.
Why should you be involved?
The event fosters team work, problem solving and hands-on learning.
The Spaghetti Bridge competition can be used by schools as an extension activity, or embedded into your science, engineering or physics curriculum. Ready-to-go lessons and resources are being developed to help schools to achieve this with the minimum of effort.
There is prize money totaling over $4000, and entry is FREE.
In 2017, there will be three testing locations (two in South-East Queensland and one in North Queensland), scheduled for August, and teachers are offered free professional development to support the implementation of the competition in their school. Registrations are now open for both the professional development workshops (Brisbane and Townsville) and the Competition itself.
Professional Development Workshops:
Brisbane @ TAFE Brisbane (South Bank Campus) – May 29 (4 pm to 6.30 pm)
Townsville @ JCU – June 1 (2.30 pm to 5 pm)
Competition Testing Days:
Townsville @ JCU – August 13
Northern Brisbane / Sunshine Coast @ St Eugene College, Burpengary – August 18
Central / South Brisbane / Gold Coast @ TAFE Brisbane (South Bank Campus) – Augsut 21
We encourage teams from all over Queensland and Northern New South Wales to get involved. Schools from outside the testing areas are welcome to participate – we can test your bridge, film it and send you the results.
Further details and links to register are on our Spaghetti Bridge page – click here.