We celebrated 15th anniversary of the Bridge Competition this year held at Chehaw Park's Creekside Education Center for the second time. This is going to be the home of the competition from now onwards. We regained our funding from Georgia Space Grant Consortium with the Chehaw Park as the official organizer from now on. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the authorities of GSGC for the kind gesture that is keeping this unique effort to inspire school going children towards science and engineering in this part of rural Georgia alive.

 

We did not get any entry from any of the high schools and consequently the total number of participating schools and teams remained modest compared to the previous years. Only 15 teams of 39 students from 5 middle schools entered the competition. Two new schools, Lee County and Robert Cross middle schools joined us for the first time this year though Baconton Charter and Colquitt County high schools did not participate. Total number of people attending the event including teachers/mentors, parents, and judges/organizers exceeded 60.

 

As usual, there was lot of excitement particularly for the students, parents and teachers who were attending for the first time. In general everyone had a positive experience in observing  practical demonstration of engineering principle and promised to come back next year with a better design.

 

This year the first prize and the champion's tropy / placque was won by students from Miller county middle school while the second prize was claimed by a team from Thomas county middle school. The third prize went to a team from the new entrant, Lee County middle school. This year we introduced a new award to recognize the best team representing a school with at least 5 teams in the competition which did not get one of the top 3 places. This year's only Best in the School award was given to the best team of Hutto middle school.

Table below shows the total number of participants which included teams from the middle schools since 2008 and the results at a glance. As mentioned earlier, this year's teams were from middle schools only.

Year No. of Schools No. of Teams No. of Students Registered
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
2011 8 40 91
2012 9 47 97
2013 8 66 169
2014 9 59 159
2015 8 55 136
2016 5 17 33
2017 5 15 39

Best Bridge since inception of the competition

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
2011 22.6 9332 413
2012 27.5 11932 434
2013 22 5603.5 255
2014 28.3 10811.4 382
2015 25.6 18248.1 713
2016 24.2 13244.3 547
2017 26.7 13717.1 514

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 without whose active participation the event could not have taken place.

As usual lunch was served for everyone after the competition ended. Participants and teachers got a commemorative T-shirts as well.

Next year's competition  will be held in the month of February, 2018 at the same location. Exact date will be announced sometime in Fall, 2017 here.

   For more information contact:  

  

Jackie Entz,

Director of Education,

Chehaw Park, Albany, GA

JEntz@chehaw.org

(229) 430-3035

Atin Sinha, Ph.D., P.E.

Retd. Professor of Engineering,

Albany State University

atin.sinha@asurams.edu