Arlington, Barre, Morristown, and Hartford Schools Won 3rd Annual Bridge Building Contest in 2017!
The results are in and several area schools won bragging rights and scholarships at the 3rd annual event. Vermont Tech hosted middle and high school teams at two separate events. Many thanks to the teachers, mentors and families that supported their students for another successful event! Read the full press release online or the featured story on the Stowetoday.com website.
Model bridges promote the study and application of physics and engineering and help students develop “hands-on” skills. Participating students got to experience what it is to be an engineer, designing structures to a set of specifications and then seeing them perform their function.
Teams of students constructed bridges in advance of the competition -- using only popsicle sticks, Elmer’s glue, tooth picks, and dental floss. Bridges were judged on aesthetics and originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, strength-to-weight ratio, and predicted failure point. Teams consisted of 1-6 students.
This year we had two separate competitions; one for high school students and one for middle school students. The competition is designed for students/teachers interested in math, science, physics, research, and engineering (STEM areas). Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as aesthetics, presentations, bridge designs and team spirit awards. Check out our photos from this year's middle school and high school events!