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Matthew Wanner looks on as his spaghetti bridge is tested. 25 groups of three to four students compete to see which bridge can hold the most weight without breaking. Past winning bridges have held 130 pounds. This event is the culmination of an intensive four-week course called Engineering Innovation, created by The Johns Hopkins Universitys Whiting School of Engineering. The course is designed to expose high school students to mechanical, civil, electrical, materials science and chemical engineering, and to teach them critical thinking and problem solving. The classes provide a condensed version of a course that Whiting School students take as freshmen.
July 29, 2011