Students compete in spaghetti bridge contest

School district's eighth annual spaghetti bridge contest helps teach kids new skills

Students wait to see how much weight their spaghetti bridge can hold at the 8th annual Abbotsford School District spaghetti bridge contest.

Students wait to see how much weight their spaghetti bridge can hold at the 8th annual Abbotsford School District spaghetti bridge contest.

Students and teachers watched in suspense while they tested the strength of pasta creations on Friday, as students competed to build the strongest spaghetti structure in the 8th annual Abbotsford school district spaghetti bridge contest.

Students from middle schools around the district met at the Abbotsford Art Centre for the day-long competition.

The contest challenged small teams to construct a bridge made of only spaghetti noodles and glue. To win, the bridge must be stable enough to support a one-kilogram weight for one minute. The lightest structure to hold the weight is declared the winner.

The morning began with students presenting their proposed designs. They then had less than three hours to build their bridge.

After a lunch provided by the Old Spaghetti Factory, students put their structures to the test. Each team watched as the weight was attached to their bridge while a 60-second countdown played.

The event is sponsored by Skills Canada and encourages young people to think about careers in trade and technology.

The winners will go to a provincial competition.