Spaghetti crossing

High school students attending summer engineering classes at California Lutheran University built bridges out of spaghetti. The goal of the event was to see which group’s bridge could hold the most weight. Water bottles were used in a basket below the bridge. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WINNER OF BRIDGE CONTEST - Colin Bernstein, 15, left, of Sierra Canyon School and Spencer Hylen, 17, of Viewpoint School carefully add another bottle of water to their bridge during the  annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

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WINNER OF BRIDGE CONTEST – Colin Bernstein, 15, left, of Sierra Canyon School and Spencer Hylen, 17, of Viewpoint School carefully add another bottle of water to their bridge during the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers BUILDING BRIDGES - High school students in summer engineering classes at California Lutheran University made bridges out of dry spaghetti for the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

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BUILDING BRIDGES – High school students in summer engineering classes at California Lutheran University made bridges out of dry spaghetti for the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FINISHING TOUCHES - Dharminder Ojla, 17, of Channel Islands High School attaches a metal eye bolt to the bottom of his spaghetti bridge before the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks. 10 groups of high school students spent two weeks engineering a bridge out of spaghetti and glue. The goal was to hold as many water bottles below the bridge as possible.

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FINISHING TOUCHES – Dharminder Ojla, 17, of Channel Islands High School attaches a metal eye bolt to the bottom of his spaghetti bridge before the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks. 10 groups of high school students spent two weeks engineering a bridge out of spaghetti and glue. The goal was to hold as many water bottles below the bridge as possible.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FINISHING TOUCHES - Anthony Mendez, left, a summer instructor at California Lutheran University, helps Jesus Contreras, 16, of Santa Paula High and Brian Dvenas, 17, of Pacifica High during the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

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FINISHING TOUCHES – Anthony Mendez, left, a summer instructor at California Lutheran University, helps Jesus Contreras, 16, of Santa Paula High and Brian Dvenas, 17, of Pacifica High during the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SPAGHETTI BRIDGE - High school students add water bottles to their bridge as family and friends watch during the  annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

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SPAGHETTI BRIDGE – High school students add water bottles to their bridge as family and friends watch during the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SETTING UP - Ayla Dvoretzky, 15, of Newbury Park High School places her team's bridge between two tables during the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks. In the back are teammates Trisha Khandelwal, 14, of Moorpark High, Khai Berry, 16, of Oaks Christian School and teacher Jennifer Ardy.

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SETTING UP – Ayla Dvoretzky, 15, of Newbury Park High School places her team’s bridge between two tables during the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks. In the back are teammates Trisha Khandelwal, 14, of Moorpark High, Khai Berry, 16, of Oaks Christian School and teacher Jennifer Ardy.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers BROKEN - Jesus Contreras, 16, left, of Santa Paula High and Zulema Santos, 17, of Pacifica High react as their spaghetti bridge breaks during the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

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BROKEN – Jesus Contreras, 16, left, of Santa Paula High and Zulema Santos, 17, of Pacifica High react as their spaghetti bridge breaks during the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

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