Teen Makes Bridge of Pasta that Holds 650 Pounds

High school student from Fair Lawn crafted an 11.8-ounce bridge out of fettucini and glue that won a local pasta bridge competition.

Winning pasta bridge held 650 pounds.
Winning pasta bridge held 650 pounds.

A Bergen County teenager has used less than a pound of pasta to build a bridge that could actually hold the weight of three to four people. 

Each year, Fair Lawn High School math teacher Katie Ometz holds a pasta bridge competition to see which of her students can build a structure that will hold the most weight. The catch – the structures must weigh less than 12 ounces, and be made only from Ronzoni Fettuccini and Elmers White Glue.

Ometz and her students held the competition on Friday, with pretty impressive results. Student Jasmine Ellis won the contest by building an 11.8-ounce bridge that held 650 pounds.

The winning bridge had a simple, stacked pasta design with a triangular support in the center. 

Ometz described the competition as “amazing,” but said that in 16 years of hosting pasta bridge contests, this year did not break the record. A student in 2008 still holds the pasta bridge weight record, building a 12-ounce structure that held 795 pounds.

In addition to the weight category, other awards were given out at this year’s competition. Though not the strongest bridge in the bunch, students Ryan Atkinson, Kimberly McNiff, and Jailene Ramirez were awarded for having the most aesthetically pleasing bridge. 

jfc May 01, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Maybe we can use him to fix the Pulaski Skyway!
Jim Copeland May 02, 2014 at 08:14 AM
You can see that this kid has a lot to do
Vic Trolla May 02, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Now that's innovative thinking! Kudos to Scott!
RdgwdGRock May 02, 2014 at 10:59 AM
"Ronzoni Fettuccini and Elmers White Glue" Product placement campaign. How much did the school and/or teacher receive for this?
Brian N May 04, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Pretty cool


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