March 29, 2018
A team from Greensburg Salem High School won first place for the second consecutive year in the pasta engineering competition held March 5 at the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College.
Members of the first place team were Ian Merendino, William Crites and Christopher Writt.
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, the event drew several hundred attendees who watched as weights were added until the bridges constructed from hot glue and uncooked pasta collapsed.
The Saint Vincent College Engineering Club, Mathematics Club and Physics Club assisted with the event, along with the Boyer School Dean’s Office and the engineering and math faculty. Vince Mangini of Carbone’s Restaurant, and Kelly Kramer, president of the Engineering Club, coordinated arrangements. Twenty-four teams from Westmoreland County high schools participated in this year’s contest.
Judges for the competition were 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.
Photo: Pasta Bridge Competition organizer Vince Mangini, second from right, of Carbone’s Restaurant, presents the first place award to the team from Greensburg Salem High School, Ian Merendino, William Crites and Christopher Writt.
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