Spaghetti bridge contest seeking builders

The event 2013 takes place at the Kelowna college campus March 1

Engineers, construction enthusiasts or anyone interested in battling their wits to build a spaghetti bridge can take part in a one-time only contest being held to celebrate 30 years of the Okanagan College spaghetti bridge building contest.

“Over the decades hundreds of post-secondary and secondary school students have taken part in the contest, and we thought it would be great if some of them came back to try their hand at it again,” said Michelle Lowry, with the college’s public affairs department.

The event 2013 takes place at the Kelowna campus March 1.

It includes bridge-building competitions for secondary and post-secondary students, plus the popular Heavyweight competition, open to full-time secondary or post-secondary students.

Registration for all the events, including the new open heavyweight competition, is being accepted by event organizers until Thursday.

“It would be great to see the general public, or even professional engineers vie for the top spot in this fun category,” said Lowry.

“This is a friendly competition, with no prize money at stake, but with only six spots available, it could make for some great design competition.”

This year’s event also features an elementary school demonstration where students are being encouraged to build a replica of the new, or old, Port Mann Bridge in Metro Vancouver.

Contest rules and registration forms are available at www.okanagan.bc.ca/spaghettibridge.