2018 Model Bridge Competition
Competition Day: Saturday, February 3, 2018; 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Watson Auditorium
Do you like to design and build new things? Have you ever wondered how bridges can carry people, cars, and trucks over long spans without failure for centuries? Come and explore the engineering process as you build a scale bridge out of wacky materials and compete to carry the most weight. This educational competition run by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers is in its 24th year. Some of the competitions in the past involved building bridges out of pasta, chopsticks, plasticware, and popsicle sticks. This year we will be using paint stirrers and hot glue to build the bridges. This competition is aimed at high school students, but upper elementary through middle school students have proved they can compete in the past, so we have opened up the competition to these students as well. Best of luck!
The BSCES 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 to be specified for bridge construction and write technical specifications for the bridge design. The goal of this competition is to design, construct and submit a structure with the specified materials and design for judging in the categories of most efficient and most aesthetic bridge design. We welcome all students in grades 12 and below to participate in the competition and practice their bridge building skills.
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To register for this year's Model Bridge Competition, click here.
Download the 2018 Rules and Specifications here.
Students will first register their bridges from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM when judges will measure and weigh the bridges to make sure they meet specifications. Next, a panel of judges will judge the bridges for aesthetics. Then the bridges, one by one, will be tested to failure by applying more and more weight until the bridge fails. Finally, winners will be announced around 1:00 PM.