This year as usual we celebrated National Engineers Week by hosting the eighth Southwest Georgia Regional Model Bridge Building Competition. In spite of lower attendance contestants and teachers/parents had an enjoyable time. 40 teams from high and middle schools all across the southwestern part of the state registered for the event though as many as 7 teams did not show up. One significant fact was that the Albany and Dougherty county students were significantly under represented. Only 4 students from Albany participated of which 3 are being home schooled. There was no new record established.  Early county maintained their grip in the high school category clinching both the first and third places thus qualifying for the winner's trophy. Miller county secured the first place in the middle school category.

The event was reported by the local TV media (WALB 10 and FOX  31) in the same evening with short interviews of participating students. The news story from WALB 10 can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

http://www.walb.com/global/story.asp?s=12056790

We hope to continue to motivate our students towards an Engineering career by providing them an opportunity to challenge themselves by coming up with innovative designs which will break old records and create new ones. 

Tables below shows the total number of participants which included teams from the middle schools since 2008 and the results at a glance.

Year No. of Schools No. of Teams No. of Students
2003 7 16 42
2004 5 12 25
2005 4 21 43
2006 5 43 86
2007 3 15 34
2008 10 45 109
2009 9 43 105
2010 8 40 81

 

Year Bridge Weight (g) Breaking Load (g) Structural Efficiency
2003 28.1 10276 366
2004 25.6 5789 226
2005 22.8 10198 447
2006 17.5 9489 542
2007 23.7 13253 559
2008 28.1 11114 396
2009 22.7 5930 261
2010 25.8 11542 447

 Best wishes to all the winning team members and their teachers. We hope you will do even better next year. Those who did not win any prizes this year, there is all the more reason to come back next year with a better design.

As usual pizza and soft drinks were available for everyone after the competition ended. Participants, teachers, judges and student volunteers also got a commemorative T-shirt.

 Georgia Space Grant Consortium   sponsored the competition.

The exact date of the next year's competition and any changes in the rules will be posted here sometime in September, 2010.

   For more information contact:    Atin Sinha, Ph.D., P.E.
                                                          Coordinator of Engineering
                                                          Phone: 229-430-4820
                                                         
E-mail: atin.sinha@asurams.edu