BU engineers building young minds

By Kelly McCarthy

February 23, 2013 Updated Feb 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) From spaghetti bridges to raw egg cushions, Binghamton University is looking to build the next wave of engineers.

More than 150 students worked on their skills while celebrating Engineers Week at Binghamton University.

The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science held 15 events throughout the day.

Engineering students helped kids build bridges out of uncooked spaghetti and put its strength to the test.

All competitions were open to the public.

The events have grown in popularity over the past few years, and professors at the Engineering School hope it creates future engineers.

"As a nation we don't produce as many engineers and scientists as we need to compete globally and it's important to get kids at an early age inspired to pursue engineering, to solve engineering-type problems," said Perter Partell, associate dean at Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering.

Engineers Week is a national event that ran Feb. 17-23.