2019 Model Bridge Competition
2019 Model Bridge Kickoff Event: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Have you ever wondered how bridges can carry people, cars, and trucks over long spans without collapsing? Do you want to find out what engineers think of when planning and designing these structures? Come and explore the engineering process as you build a scale bridge out of an unconventional material and compete to carry the most weight.
The Model Bridge Competition is hosted by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES) Public Awareness & Outreach Committee. Each year, a group of civil engineers come together to choose a material, dimensions, and weight limit for the competition. Technical specifications for the bridge design are then written and sent to competing students when the competition officially begins.
We welcome all students in grades 12 and below to participate in the competition and explore the process behind designing a bridge while complying with the unique constraints provided each year. Students are challenged to plan, design, and construct a structure that meets specifications and then load test the structures on competition day. Bridges are awarded based on aesthetics and appearance, as well as load carrying efficiency. If you think you’re ready for the challenge register using the link below and dive into the engineering design process.
This year’s bridge materials are playing cards and invisible tape. To learn more you can download the 2019 Rules and Specifications click here.
To register for this year's Model Bridge Competition, click here.
Come here to see an example model, pick up the building material, and grab a copy of the rules. We can also answer any questions you may have about the competition or the rules here