The Bridge Competition this year marked 13th straight years of this unique event being held in this part of the state of Georgia. The competition was established by a few individuals with a desire to inspire K-12 students in rural Georgia to seriously consider enrolling in engineering studies by getting involved in a realistic engineering project with many practical constraints. Over the years, the competition has grown in size and improved in the quality of the bridges designed by the students. Thanks to all the participants, teachers. mentors, parents and the judges and volunteers who continue to support the event by attending on Saturday morning, some of whom had to spend nearly an hour in a bus en route to the competition venue. Though the number of participants and the teams was just a little less this year than last year, the results as evidenced by structural efficiency were overwhelmingly positive with new records established in both the high school and middle school categories. This year 20 teams from 5 high schools and 35 teams from 3 middle schools registered in the competition. Though 3 of the teams were no shows, total number of attendees including contestants, teachers, parents, family members and judges were well over 100.
This year in the high school category Cardinal Fields Home School retained their trophy and plack by winning the 1st place. However in the middle school category we have a new champion, Thomas County Middle School who won both the 1st and 2nd place in that category. One of the highlights of this year (as was seen last year also) is that the best middle school bridge displayed a structural efficiency (813) that is significantly better than the best high school bridge efficiency (713). Both these new records are far ahead of the previous record (559) achieved in 2007
Table below shows the total number of participants which included teams from the middle schools since 2008 and the results at a glance.
Best Bridge in the high school category since inception of the competition
Best wishes to all the winning team members and their teachers/mentors. We hope you will do even better next year. Also, thanks are due to the continued support and hard work of all the teachers, parents, judges and student volunteers without whose active participation the event could not have taken place.
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 will be posted here sometime in early fall of 2015 after the advisory committee meeting.
more information contact: Atin Sinha, Ph.D., P.E.