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Randolph, Rutland and Hartford Schools Won 2nd Annual Bridge Building Contest Friday, April 1, 2016

The results are in and several area schools won bragging rights and scholarships at the 2nd annual event. Vermont Tech hosted nearly 150 students in 16 middle school and 21 high school teams. 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 stories on the Randolph Herald and Valley News newspapers.

2016 Event:

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 seeing them perform their function.

Teams of students will construct bridges in advance of the competition  - using only popsicle sticks, Elmer’s glue, tooth picks, and dental floss. Bridges will be judged on aesthetics and originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, strength-to-weight ratio, and predicted failure point. Teams will consist of 1-6 students.

This competition is designed for middle and high school students/teachers interested in math, science, physics, research, and engineering (STEM areas). Awards will be presented to both middle school and high school students. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as aesthetics, presentations, bridge designs and team spirit awards. Check out our photos from last year's event!

Bridge Building Competition Specifications

Example of Bridge Design

Photo Release Form

Campus Map

Schedule of the Day  |  Judd Hall

8:30-9:10  |  Registration and team set-up
9:10-9:40  |  Welcome from President Dan Smith
                      Overview for day from Mary O'Leary, Chair, and John Diebold, both of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program 
9:40-9:55  |  Final team set-up
9:55-10:55  |  First round of bridge judging
10:55-12:15  |  Bridge "popping/crushing" and final judging
12:15-1:10  |  Complimentary lunch and campus tours
1:10-1:40  |  Award presentation