“Trace for the People” foundation conferred honours on 15 students, winners of the traditional competition of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy „Spaghetti Bridge 2015“. It is the only competition of its kind in Bulgaria and is organised by the Student Council at the University. The aim of the contest is for students (regardless of the courses they follow or their faculties) to design a bridge, made of spaghetti (pasta), that can sustain a certain load for a specific time before collapsing. The two-day event enjoyed an enviable interest on part of both teachers and students, who observed the process of bridge construction, presentation, testing and destruction of the spaghetti structures. The Spaghetti Bridge competition is the pride of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy and the Student Council.
The prize-giving event took place during the ceremony of the CHAOS academic awards. Representatives of the Student Council and the „Trace for the People“ foundation in the face of Engineer Bojan Delchev, Hristina Angelova and Natalia Malcheva bestowed the prizes on the three best-performing teams: „Kolyo Ficheto“, „Bridgemongers“ and „Ketchup“.
The first-place winners received a pecuniary prize to the amount of 500 leva, the runners-up were given 300 leva worth of cash and the third-place team – 200 leva. Each member of the three winning teams was given the chance to have one month paid internship at „Trace Group Hold „PLC.
The „Kolyo Ficheto“ team, represented by Mariyan Tonchev, Nedyalko Velkov, Zlatislav Atanasov, Ivan Ivanov and Christo Mihaylov, for the second consecutive year succeeded to win the first place. The bridge they constructed managed to sustain a load of 86 kg and the technical report and their convincing presentation helped them beat the Bridgemongers team into second place. The bridge of the latter sustained 106 kg.
The winning team is to participate in the World Championships which is hosted by Óbuda University in Budapest, Hungary.