Pasta and Hot Glue Teach Structural Systems

The Pasta Bridge project is a chance for students in the Engineering Design 1 class to learn about structural systems. Students design and build a truss bridge made out of only pasta and hot glue. A┬átruss is a structural system made of elements arranged into interconnected triangles. Each finished bridge must weigh less than 250... Continue Reading →

Experiences: Glue + Pasta + The Right Design

Mix some hot glue, uncooked spaghetti and a unit on truss bridges in Engineering Design 1 and what do you get? Unimposing little pasta bridges, which, despite their unlikely composition, prove deceptively strong. In fact, the structure that sophomore Jared, junior Ben and senior Alec produced stood tall under 11,488 grams -- that's 46 times... Continue Reading →

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