Pasta Bridge Challenge - Public Engineering Day Event

Mar 25, 2023 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

March 25, 2023, at the Halifax Central Library,
5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
10:00 AM to 2:00PM

Engineers Nova Scotia is happy to announce the return of the “Library Event” as part of National Engineering month.  This activity, long a favourite of Scout and Guide groups, is an opportunity to see and explore the world of engineering.

There will be displays and booths from industry, community, and universities.  As well, a “hands-on” design competition, open to the public, but aimed at youths in the 11-14 age group.  

This year, the competition will be a ¬pasta bridge building contest sponsored by the Dalhousie University Faculty of Engineering.  The objective is to build a bridge that can sustain the highest loads possible.  The pasta will be supplied by Engineers Nova Scotia for the Library Event.  

Groups are encouraged to brainstorm designs in advance.  [PowerPoint resources available at; BRIDGE BUILDING CONTEST GUIDELINES 

Scout/Guide groups are encouraged to register ahead of time by contacting Scouter John Blake ( or Guider Mae Seto ( by March 20th, 2023.

Scout/Guide groups that register in advance will be invited to tour cool Labs at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Engineering and treated to a pizza lunch by the Faculty.

The Library Event  starts at 10:00 am.
Destructive testing of bridges will start at 1:00 pm with awards and prizes to follow.
Entry fee is a donation of non-perishable food item for Feed Nova Scotia