World Championship in Spaghetti Bridge Building among Students (3–5 May 2017)

How Strong Is The Bridge?! is an international contest for building the strongest spaghetti bridge, which brings together the best students of the Slovenian and other European universities. In previous years, the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Maribor hosted students from Austria, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Romania, and Slovenia.

Participants build a bridge according to special rules. They use spaghetti glued together as a building material for plastic panels. The contest is held in two categories: Performance and Design. The theatrical culmination of the contest will be the open demolition of bridges, which will be held in the Hall named after B. Pečenko—the largest classroom of the Faculty. The first prize belongs to the bridge decayed at maximum load. A team of reputable designers and faculty members will monitor the contest.

Each team consists of three members, who may be accompanied by one authorized representative of the Faculty (a student or a teacher).

Registration fee:

    • for students of the University of Maribor: €10 per participant;
    • for students of other universities in Slovenia: €30 per participant (the price includes accommodation costs);
    • for foreign students and schoolchildren: €40 per participant (the price includes accommodation costs);
    • for schoolchildren: €10 per participant or €30 for participants from another cities.

A list of services for participants: working materials for the contest (spaghetti, glue, and guns), snacks and drinks, lunch, dinner, entertainment, bag, T-shirt, a tour on Maribor and tasting of local dishes. A 3-day accommodation program “Bed and Breakfast” is prepared for the non-resident students of Slovenian and foreign universities.

The contest will last for three days: from 3 to 5 May 2017.

Deadline for team registration: 1 April 2017.