What You Need:

  • 30 pieces of uncooked spaghetti
  • 35 cm of masking tape
  • 1 paper towel tube
  • Some friends
  • A timer
  • A table
  • A tape measure

    What To Do:
  1. Choose teams. You can have as many as five people in a team.
  1. Set the timer for 25 minutes.
  1. Tape the tube to the table with the end sticking out over the edge.
  1. Build the cantilever bridge that is supported in the tube.  Build the bridge as far out as you can.  NOTE: You can't use the extra materials and the spaghetti can't touch the floor.

What's Going On?

Engineers have to work in teams all the time in order to design and build things.  When you share ideas you are often able to build a much better bridge than if you try to work alone.

What Else Can You Do?

Can you build a bridge or other structure using other things-like lasagna or chopsticks?