Imagine having to build a bridge — a strong bridge — out of nothing but epoxy and spaghetti.
Yeah, hard. Just ask one of the 160 high schoolers who recently finished Engineering Innovation, a rigorous, monthlong summer camp run by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a handful of other cities. They didn’t just have to imagine it; they had to do it.
Students come from all over the world to get what is, for many, their first real taste of engineering in the classroom. The idea behind the program is simple: Give students a chance to explore complex ideas using remarkably simple tools.
Example: Measure the distance between two spires on the Hopkins campus using nothing but a few measuring sticks, string and tape.
Students also have to design a mousetrap out of nothing but paper, glue and rubber bands.
But the grand finale — the last big test for students — is the spaghetti bridge.