Spaghetti builder: innovation in Civil Engineering education

Technology and organization of construction

RECCS 2014, the 4th World Championship in Spaghetti Bridge Building took place on 30 May 2014, in the central building of ÓbudaUniversity, Budapest, Hungary. The goal of the event is to let students prove their qualities in building as an example of design implementation skills, to exchange experience, ideas and knowledge in architecture and construction industry, to promote building of friendships and future professional contacts as well. 26 teams from 8 countries tried to win in two announced categories: Bridge and Support. There were teams from the best technical universities of Russia (Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University), Brazil (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), Hungary (Óbuda University, University of Debrecen, College of Dunaújváros), Germany (Hochschule Ruhr West, Cologne University of Applied Sciences), Latvia (Riga Technical University), Portugal (University of Beira Interior), Romania (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania) and Serbia (Politechnical Engineering College Subotica). The team from the Institute of Civil Engineering presented our country successfully. Our students claimed that the Championship had helped to develop their engineering skills, moreover it had inspired to organize new international technical contest in our university.