Kansas Society of Professional Engineers
Sponsor Model Bridge Building Contest
Come watch over 100 area high school students (including Blue Valley SW, Gardner-Edgerton, Blue Valley NorthWest, St. Thomas Aquinas, Blue Valley, Pleasant Ridge and Prairie View will be competing in the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers-Eastern Chapter’s 35th Annual Model Bridge Building Contest. The contest will be held Saturday, February 3rd at the Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W 135th Street in Overland Park, KS. Students will begin load-testing their bridges at 10:00 a.m. This contest is being held in an effort to promote student interest in engineering, science, and technology.
The students’ bridges, constructed prior to the date of the contest, are built using fifteen 3/32-inch square by 2′-0″ long basswood sticks and a tube of glue. Contest rules place specific limits on the bridge’s length, width, height and mass. Bridges must span a distance of 300 mm (11.81 inches) and must have a mass less than 30 grams. Each student’s bridge will be load-tested to failure to determine the bridge’s structural efficiency (the total weight supported in relation to the weight of the bridge). This will be accomplished by suspending a bucket below the bridge and filling it with sand until the bridge fails.
The three students whose bridges have the highest structural efficiency will be recognized at the Engineers Week luncheon held in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Thursday February 22nd, 2018. Also, the two students finishing in 1st and 2nd place will be eligible to participate in the 2018 International Bridge Building Contest in Chicago, IL in April of 2018.