On Friday, March 4, in the Great Hall at TUC from 9:00 am to noon, the School of Advanced Structures will host their annual Bridge Building Competition. Over 300 students from eight different high schools in the Greater Cincinnati area are bringing 154 bridges to be tested.
This competition exposes students to the math, science, and technology that engineers today use when designing real structures. It gives them the experience of a hands-on building project.
The bridge builders must follow certain guidelines. Materials the students use to build the bridge must be (1) wood bonded by (2) any type of glue. They have the freedom to build any type of bridge as long as it meets the minimum requirements of being a single structure with dimensions of: length (80 mm), width (50 mm), and a maximum weight (0.68 kg).
Awards are given for the strongest bridge, the stiffest bridge, and an overall award for best bridge. There are first, second and third place prizes for the students who win the overall section, as well as first, second and third place recognition for the strongest and stiffest bridge.