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Students Test Strength of Spaghetti Bridges

July 28, 2010

How much weight can a spaghetti bridge hold? Area high school students in Cal State Fullerton’s four-week Engineering Innovations Program will find out Friday. The competition calls for teams to build bridges of uncooked spaghetti, then load them with weights until they break. At least one of the brittle bridges in previous contests has held 130 pounds.

11 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 30

Room 402 of the Computer Science Building
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92834

Engineering Innovations, a four-week summer program in Cal State Fullerton's College of Engineering and Computer Science, provides area high school students with opportunities to learn and solve problems like an engineer through hands-on experience. It is made possible through a partnership between Fullerton and Johns Hopkins and is part of the university’s effort to expose more students to the possibilities of education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This year’s participants include:

Orange County

  • Jamie Cerros from Estancia High School, Costa Mesa
  • Hye Jin Kin, Dennis Liu and Edmund Goh of Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton
  • Andrew Niklas of La Habra High School
  • Allen Nguyen of University High School, Irvine
  • Gabriel Guerrero-Gabany of Valencia High School, Placentia
  • Zachary Salaam of Corona Del Mar High School
  • Daisy Esparza and Idalma Cruz of Costa Mesa High School
  • Briton Park of Los Alamitos High School

 Los Angeles County:

  • Brisa Lopez of Lynwood Middle School
  • Derek Leung of Glen A. Wilson High School, Hacienda Heights
  • Ava Chang of Diamond Bar High School
  • Amy Chow of Arcadia High School



More: See video at

Media Contacts:
Victor Delgado, Engineering, 657-278-2887 or
Russ L. Hudson, Public Affairs, 657-278-4007 or

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