Pasta Engineering Competition March 13

by Public Relations | Mar 02, 2017

March 2, 2017

An engineering competition for area high school students, co-sponsored by Carbone’s Restaurant of Crabtree, Primo, Michael Baker International, Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, Gibson-Thomas Engineering, Pantalone Funeral Home, Kennametal and the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing at Saint Vincent College, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 13 in the Fred M. Rogers Center.

The public is welcome to watch as miniature bridges made out of uncooked pasta are loaded with increasing weights until they collapse.

The Saint Vincent College Engineering Club, Mathematics Club and Physics club will be assisting with the event. Vince Mangini has been a critical organizer in the event. Also, Ande Greco, President of the Engineering Club has been a primary organizer of this event.  Greco has been organizing and coordinating with the high schools.

Forty-one teams representing nine Westmoreland County high schools will participate in this year’s contest including Franklin Regional, Greensburg Central Catholic, Greensburg Salem, Hempfield Area, Jeannette, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn Trafford and Yough.

Judges for the competition will be Matt Burns of Gibson-Thomas Engineering, Binky Sargent of Kennametal and Dr. Paul Follansbee and Dr. John Smetanka of Saint Vincent College.

The competition is designed to increase high school students’ awareness about the role engineering plays in their lives and the career opportunities in the field and to provide an opportunity for students to collaborate on the design and construction.

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