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11, March 2017


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Location: North Campus
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Faculty of Engineering at the North Lebanon Campus (NLC) of Notre Dame University – Louaize is organizing competitions aiming at allowing school students to acquire some experience in applying early engineering skills, develop their teamwork expertise, and learn how to manage time efficiently.  The competitions will be held on Saturday the 17th of December 2016 from 10 am till 2 pm at the Laboratories of the Faculty of Engineering in the North Lebanon Campus, Barsa – El Koura.  Interesting presentations will be given by faculty members and competitions rules will be detailed prior to the start.  The competitions fall under the umbrella of three departments as follows:


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is organizing the “Spaghetti Bridge Competition”.  Participating student teams are required to construct a bridge of dry spaghetti using glue.  The length of the bridge should be 31 cm (0.5 cm overlapping on both sides).  The bridge should be as light as possible and withstand as much weight as possible.  Students should measure and record the weight of the Bridge and place a hook at mid span to add loads.  Winning teams will be the one who were able to construct “the minimum bridge weight with the maximum load sustained (10 kg minimum)”.


Kindly note that a maximum of 80 students will be participating with a total of 240 participants for the three aforementioned categories – Each school is entitled to nominate two teams in each category (from grades 10 to 12).  Acceptable team sizes shall comprise two to four students – hence, each school can be represented by a maximum of 24 students (all categories and grades combined.)  

In each category, Certificates will be given to all participants, a trophy for the first winner, and the prizes are distributed to the winning teams as follows: $400 for the first place, $250 for the second place, and $150 for the third place.

The Faculty of Engineering cordially invites schools to participate in this unique activity.  If you are interested, you are kindly requested to book your place as early as possible, and before the 1st of December, 2016,  by providing us with the number and name of students participating in the competition in each category and a contact person from the school with a mobile number.  For inquiry and participation, please contact Mrs. Reina Ayoub via email: or by phone: +961(6)416100/1/2/4 (Ext. 3416).


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