||To build a spaghetti structure which will cantilever as far as
possible from the table edge without touching the floor.
||To demonstrate the simple mechanics of structures
||Any number of individuals or teams.
|| a given amount of uncooked spaghetti, 45 cm of masking tape,
a milkshake straw held to a table
Students are allowed ten minutes to complete their structures.
Only the end of the structure may touch the straw into which
it is placed.
The spaghetti may be broken into small pieces.
If the structure touches the floor, it must be broken off until
it is cantilevered.
||The structure will be measured after the ten minute time limit.
If the structure touches the floor after the time limit, the
judge will break off the structure 50 cm behind the point where
it touches; if it still touches, the judge will break off another
50 cm and continue until it is above the floor.
The distance from the end of the straw to the end of the structure
will be measured, not the curve in the structure
||Youth Science Foundation Science Olympics Manual.