Pasta Bridges

Q1. Can we build onto the loading cup and then attach the cup to the bridge? For example, can we attach pasta and marshmallows directly to the cup and *then* attach the cup/pasta/marshmallows  the bridge?
A: No. Some marshmallows may be used in a position where they will help hold and stabilize the loading cup. Teams cannot build directly onto the cup.
Q2. During competition, when we are adding pennies to the loading cup, can our hands touch the cup?
A: No.