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High School Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition

Dates: 11/08/2018 (Thu): 9:00 am- 2:00 pm
Category: Campus Events

SUNY Orange will host a spaghetti bridge building competition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, during which high school teams compete in a timed head to head competition to build a bridge that will have the best load-to-weight ratio.

  • Eligibility: High schools may sponsor more than one team. Each team is to be composed of no less than three (3), nor more than four (4), students, all of whom must be in good standing of the sponsoring school. A student may be listed and participate on only one team. An alternate team member, meeting the qualifications, may be listed on the entry form in case of the need for an emergency substitution prior to the beginning of the competition. Once the competition begins, no substitutions will be allowed.
  • Registration Fee: $20 per team; pay to "Orange County Community College Association” at the time of registration.
  • The Poster: Each team should produce a poster prior to competition, and bring it to the competition. The poster (typical poster board size) will be used to identify each team’s building area and must include the team’s name, school name, individual members’ names, and coach’s name.
  • Materials Permitted: The completed bridge may contain no other materials than the "spaghetti" and "glue" which will be applied with a hot glue gun. Each team will be provided with two (2) unopened, sealed box of new, major brand regular spaghetti and twelve (12) mini-glue sticks, as well as two electric mini glue guns. No spaghetti or glue other than that provided will be allowed.
  • Tools Permitted: Each team will be permitted to bring and use a limited number of tools, which they may use to assist them in the construction of the bridge. Tools permitted include scissors, needle nose pliers, tweezers, and clamps as well as other similar devices. Plans from West Point Bridge Designer 2016 and/or building templates may be pre-drawn and then used as tools to assist with the building during the competition. No power tools or devices (other than the supplied glue guns) that generate heat will be allowed.

Spectators are welcome!!  The weighing/breaking of bridges will take place at approximately 1 p.m. on Nov. 8. 

Location: Physical Education Building - Gym 3
Sponsor: CTEA and SUNY Orange Engineering and Architecture Clubs
Phone: (845) 341-9650
Web Page: Follow this link
Announcement: High School Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition