View Full Version : Help with Project 1

10-26-2007, 02:31 AM
I have a project that is a joke, for some reason in US History our teacher wants us to construct a building out of pasta...or noodles rather...and then test the structure by place weight on it, his record is 186 lbs.
now the rules are the structure has to be hollow (no noodle mound)
it must be at least 6'' in width, length and height (but can be more)

now this isnt hard but if i break his record i get 20 points of EC so im hoping with your help i can break his record

ps. i dont want to purchase 30$ worth of noodles so id love some ideas please and thanks

10-26-2007, 02:47 AM
triangles :D
shape them in triangles
we did this same thing but with drinking straws
we managed to get 16lbs supported with a structrue like this

10-26-2007, 02:49 AM
really? they are structurally strong?

10-26-2007, 02:57 AM
Each of the angles of a triangle is inter stabilized. Each of the angles was originally amorphous__i.e., unstable__but they become stable because each edge of a triangle is a lever. With minimum effort, the ends of the levers control the opposite angles with a push-pull, opposite-edge vector. A triangle is the means by which each side stabilizes the opposite angle with minimum effort.
600.00 STRUCTURE (http://www.rwgrayprojects.com/synergetics/s06/p1300.html)

10-26-2007, 03:02 AM
eh i dont get how to make it...im not that smart :(

10-26-2007, 03:07 AM
what are you using to hold them together?

edit- this might help a bit The 11th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest (http://www.jhu.edu/news/audio-video/spaghetti.html)

10-26-2007, 03:46 AM
we're allowed to use glue, tape? lol and hot glue (if it doesnt melt the noodles lol)

10-26-2007, 03:51 AM
lucky all we had was masking tape and drinking straws xD

10-26-2007, 06:17 PM
lol that sucks

10-26-2007, 06:57 PM
Buy em in bulk. Do you have a Winco or other discount "warehouse" store nearby?

Or big lots or the dollar store has cheap, cheap noodles. But bulk bins are the way to go.

10-27-2007, 06:30 AM
obtaining the noodles isnt the problem, i just need to know which i should buy, how to make the structure, and what i should used to hold it together :D

10-27-2007, 02:46 PM
get alot of he thin noodle and bunch them up

many together == stronger then 1 really thick one

10-27-2007, 03:50 PM
if you would've read my first post it said i cant do that...