Date(s) & Time(s)::
February 15, 2014
Location: Science Central’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater
What can you make with 100 Popsicle sticks and Elmer’s Glue? For area middle school students, their ability to build bridges from these everyday items will be put to the test on Saturday, February 15, at Science Central’s 15th Annual Middle School Bridge Design Competition. Bridges built by individual students and teams will be subjected to stress tests to see how much pressure their projects can bear.
Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m., with testing beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Science Central’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater. Walk-in competitors will be allowed, however their bridges must be built to contest specifications, which can be found on-line at www.sciencecentral.org/programs-on-site/2013-12-13-22-03-39/bridge-building-competition.
The bridge building competition challenges students in the areas of engineering, design, science and creativity. The goal of the competition is to make students more aware of both the fun and the challenging aspects of the professional and technical world. Students will compete for cash prizes provided by the National Engineer’s Week Committee and the Anthony Wayne Chapter of the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers.
“This event in celebration of National Engineers Week is a great way to introduce middle-school students to engineering,” said Science Central Executive Director Martin Fisher. “The bridge building competition helps demonstrate the thought processes and skills that are needed to help grow our next generation of engineers, and that’s a vital need for our community’s economic growth and stability. Plus, it’s fun to watch the projects go through the stress tests. We invite everyone to come and watch this great event. ”
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