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Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest tests the ingenuity and engineering talent of Valley students
Okanagan College Media Release
The fun and excitement of the annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest returns to Okanagan College on Friday, March 7 when 186 Okanagan Valley students arrive at the Kelowna campus to compete for trophies and cash prizes of up to $1,500.
Students from Grade 3 to post-secondary are entered in a variety of categories. In the morning, elementary school students participate in the non-competitive demonstration followed by the lightweight and team building competitions. Starting at 12:30 p.m., Middle and Secondary School students and post-secondary entrants will vie in the suspenseful show-stopper heavyweight competition that tests the amount of weight pre-built spaghetti bridges will support.
Contest organizer Michelle Lowry said, “The heavyweight competition is always exciting, and this year is shaping up to be especially interesting. We have a real variety of individuals and teams participating.”
“My favourite part of the contest is watching the elementary school students get excited about engineering and the creativity and ingenuity it requires.”
The competition’s title sponsor is the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC). Cash prizes range from $150 for individuals in the ASTTBC Secondary and Post-secondary Competitions up to $400 per team in the ASTTBC Team competition.
The winner of the heavyweight competition will be awarded $1,500.
Additional sponsors include PCL Construction, the Okanagan College Students’ Union, MMM Group, CTQ Consultants Ltd., AECOM, Okanagan Precision Machine Ltd, APEGBC Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, and Focus Corporation.
Events get underway at 10 a.m. in the Student Services building.
A live webcast of the contest is available.
The benefits of this collaboration are:
One of the precipitants in the development of the MoU was Okanagan College’s newest building in Penticton, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. It is one of the most sustainable buildings of its type in the world, and incorporates space intended for use by industry for pilot projects and testing.
"I am excited by the opportunity to engage students, staff, instructors and professors with cleantech companies and let them further develop our advanced clean technologies in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence building in Penticton," says Dr. Andrew Hay, Vice President Education at Okanagan College.
"This is an excellent opportunity for Foresight to expose our entrepreneurial clients to the first-class facilities and testing/R&D services of Okanagan College,” said Neil Huff, Managing Director of Foresight. “We look forward to working with the College to help foster the growth of local technology solutions in green buildings and advanced energy.”