Pasta Engineering Competition to be Held at SVC March 12

by Public Relations | Mar 01, 2018

March 1, 2018

An engineering competition for area high school students, co-sponsored by Carbone's Restaurant of Crabtree, Primo Pasta, Michael Baker International, Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania – The International Bridge Conference, Gibson-Thomas Engineering, Pantalone Funeral Home, Kennametal, MSA 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 12 in the Fred M. Rogers Center. The public is welcome to watch as miniature bridges made out of uncooked pasta and hot glue 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, along with the Boyer School Dean’s Office and the engineering and math faculty. Vince Mangini of Carbone’s Restaurant has been an organizer in the event, along with Kelly Kramer, president of the Engineering Club, who has been coordinating with the high schools for the event. Twenty-four teams from several Westmoreland County high schools will participate in this year’s contest.

Judges for the competition will be Binky Sargent from Kennametal, Matt Burns from Gibson-Thomas Engineering Company, Dr. Paul Follansbee from the SVC engineering department and Dr. John Smetanka, vice-president for academic affairs at Saint Vincent College.

The competition aims to increase high school students’ awareness about the role engineering plays in their lives and the career opportunities in the field, providing an opportunity for students to collaborate on the design and construction of their bridges in a fun and engaging way.

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