Pasta Bridges

Question 1. Per rules the cup has to be placed at “highest point.” Does the clay count as a high point or is it the upper most piece of pasta?
Answer 1. The high point will be the pasta, not the clay.  The clay cannot be used to add height or width to a bridge.
Question 2. Will the students have a (test) beaker and ruler to use during the construction portion competition?
Answer 2.  There will be a beaker and a ruler at each station and the beaker will be the one used for loading.
Question 3. Are the students allow to put their fingers inside the beaker when loading it?
Answer 3. Yes, but they cannot touch any part of the beaker or its contents once placed and loading begins.
Question 4. Are the students allowed to replace pasta pieces with new ones during the construction? ie a piece is bent or broken or different shape desired.
Answer 4. Each team will have an opportunity, before time begins, to swap out any long pasta they seam unfit.  The teams get to pick the shaped pasta from a selection provided. Once the building starts, there will be no swapping out of pasta allowed.
Question 5. What is the reason for room temperature water being available during the competition?
Answer 5.  Some teams use the water to wet the clay or pasta with their design and building.  It is completely optional to use the water or not.

Pasta Bridges

Question: At what time do the students place their plastic cup onto their bridge? Do they do that before the 20 minute time period has elapsed? Or do they place the plastic cup at the time their bridge is to be tested?

Answer:  They place the cup when the bridge is about to be tested. (after measuring the height and width) . It is strongly recommended that participants test placing the cup multiple times during the build process to avoid surprises of instability.

Pasta Bridges

Q1: Will students be told how much time is left to build their bridge? Ie “5 minutes left!”
A: Yes, students will be given 5 minutes warning before their time is up for building.
Q2: Who will place the coins into the cup? Students or officials?
A: Students will place the coins into the cup.
Q3: Once the bridge is built, will the entire structure need to be moved to a testing area? Or will the bridge be tested on the desk on which it was built?

A: The bridge will not be moved. It will be tested on the desk on which it was built.

Pasta Bridges

Question 1:  Are the students allowed to break the long pasta into smaller pieces to use while building the bridge?
Answer 1:  Yes, you will be allowed to break the long pasta.
Question 2:  Are the participants going to have the cup during the build process, or will this only be provided during the loading process?
Answer 2:  Yes,  The cup is available during the entire process.We recommend that participants practice placing the cup during the build process.

 

Pasta Bridges

Q1:  How much, if any, clay may be used to give height to the bridge in order for it to meet the 2.5 cm height requirement?

A1: Clay cannot be used to give height to the bridge, it can only be used to join pasta together or attach to the surface of the platform.  It can also be used to stabilize the cup.

Q2:  Suppose the pasta bridge is loaded from the highest point and we keep loading with pennies. Then the top span collapses and the cup with the pennies doesn’t fall but rests on the lowermost level – is that still valid? Can we keep loading it till this lower most span collapses too?
A2:  Loading will continue until the cup hits the table, falls over, or rests on the platform or its supports in such a way that it is no longer being supported by pasta.