This year’s Bridge Building competition will be held on Thursday, March 30. There’s still time to register, below!
What is the Bridge Building Competition?
Model bridges promote the study and application of physics and engineering and help students develop “hands-on” skills. Participating students get to experience what it is to be an engineer, designing structures to a set of specifications and then see them perform their function.
Teams of students construct bridges in advance of the competition — using only popsicle sticks, Elmer’s glue, tooth picks, and dental floss. Bridges are judged on aesthetics and originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, strength-to-weight ratio, and predicted failure point. Teams consist of 1-6 students.
The competition is designed for students/teachers interested in math, science, physics, research, and engineering (STEM areas). Teams receive awards for overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as awards for aesthetics, presentations, bridge designs and team spirit. Check out our photos from previous year’s middle school and high school events!
Due to weather, we’re now holding both our High School and Middle School events simultaneously on Thursday, March 30. There’s still time to register!
- 8:45-9:15 | Registration and team set-up
- 9:15-9:35 | Welcome remarks
- 9:35-9:45 | Final team set-up
- 9:45-10:30 | First round of bridge judging
- 10:30-11:30 | Bridge “popping/crushing” and final judging
- 11:15-12:30 | Complimentary lunch
- 12:30-1 | Award presentations