2003

OUC’s 20th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest crowned winners from among OUC students, local high school students and international visitors who came to Canada especially for the contest March 7, 2003. More than 200 students participated in this year’s competition in the individual and team competitions held at the North Kelowna Campus, including students from Hungary and The Netherlands.

The bridges were weighed and then put to the load test to see if they could support a two-kilogram mass for five minutes. The lightest bridges that did not break under the load took away the prize money.

Secondary Competition Results

  1. First Place: Brent Parker, Eagle River Secondary, Sicamous. B.C.
  2. Second Place (tie): Jason Airey, Eagle River Secondary, Sicamous, B.C.
    Kayla Thorald, KLO Middle School, Kelowna, B.C.
  3. Third Place: Giles Bagley, Similkamen Secondary, Cawston, B.C.
  4. Fourth Place: Rolf Dreiger, KLO Middle School, Kelowna, B.C.
  5. Fifth Place: Shane Riley, Eagle River Secondary, Vernon, B.C.

Post Secondary Competition Results

  1. First Place: Norbert Groz, Budapest Technical College, Hungary
  2. Second Place: Balazs Bokonyszegi, Budapest Technical College, Hungary
  3. Third Place: Simon Visser, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
  4. Fourth Place: Jerry Gaarthuis, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
  5. Fifth Place: Darren Calhoun, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, B.C., Canada

Team Building Competition Results

This year’s team competition had a slight twist, as students were asked to build towers instead of bridges during the timed contest. Teams were given a set of specifications, a certain amount of pasta and two-and-a-half hours to build a tower that would then be placed on a platform and required to support a specified weight for one minute. The bridge that did not break under the load and weighed the least amount won.

Secondary Division

  1. First Place: Dave Seaton, Brett Galrand, Kyle Reese and Josh Hisler
    Okanagan University College, Kelowna, B.C., Canada
  2. Second Place: Norbert Groz, Balazs Bokonyszegi, Cameron Young and Adam Sneddon.
    Budapest Technical College, Hungary
    Okanagan University College, Kelowna, B.C., Canada
  3. Third Place: Richard Gostlin, Tim Stroud, Stephen Shoihet and Josh Kehler
    Okanagan University College, Kelowna, B.C., Canada
  4. Fourth Place: Marc Bijvoet, Visser, and Gaarthuis, and Kandis Pohl
    Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
    Okanagan University College, Kelowna, B.C., Canada
  5. Fifth Place: Calvin Link, Dana Graves and Jesse Vidler
    Okanagan University College, Kelowna, B.C., Canada

Post Secondary Division

  1. First Place: Mark McCreight, Konrad Duerr, Sebastian Ohse
    W.L. Seaton School, Vernon, B.C., Canada
  2. Second Place: Jonnie Bridgman, Grant Wright, Kayla Etty, Giles Bagley
    Similkameen Secondary School, Oliver, B.C., Canada
  3. Third Place: Michael Koenig, Logan Rundberg, Kevin Thom
    W.L. Seaton School, Vernon, B.C., Canada

The students from Budapest Technical College thrilled the audience with a bridge that was put to the extreme weight test. Weighing 750 grams, it withstood a weight of more than 234 pounds before breaking.

Sponsors of the contest included: Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C., Foundation for Education and Advancement in Technology, The OUC Faculty Association, the OUC Students’ Association, EarthTech, Northside Industries Inc., West Manufacturing Ltd., Monashee Manufacturing Corporation Ltd., ASDAC CNC Machining Ltd., Whitewater Specialities Ltd., Air Liquide, Okanagan Precision Machine Ltd., Multi-Power Products Ltd., Kelowna Steel Fabricators Ltd.