Building bridges starts with the smallest
High school students from around the region competed to build the strongest, most economical and most beautiful bridges out of toothpicks at the 24th annual competition on Feb. 28 in the Civil Engineering Laboratory at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
“The purpose of the event is to show high school students what it means to be a civil engineer in a fun, hands-on atmosphere,” said Mark Roberts, civil engineering senior laboratory service coordinator.
The students spent many hours prior to the event building their creations, which were inevitably meant to be destroyed. To test the strength of the structures, a wood beam was placed on top of the bridge, weighted down by buckets that the students filled with sand until the bridge collapsed.
Results are as follows:
Most aesthetically pleasing
First place: Taylor Rockwell, Duluth East
Second: Hannah Ewer, Hermantown
Third: Savannah Deragon, Bayfield
First place: Tim Nelis and James Lagrew, Bayfield (Bridge weight 90.0 g / Load held 102.45 kg)
Second: Savannah Deragon, Bayfield (89.9 g / 94.40 kg)
Third: Taylor Rockwell, Duluth East (84.0 g / 50.35 kg)
First place: Claire Earley, Duluth East (Bridge weight 30.1 g / Load held 14.60 kg)
Second: Nicole Blatchford and Joey Obeidzinski, Cloquet (49.6 g / 14.40 kg)
Third: Fisher Solberg, Mason Kosmatka, Cory Ohnsted and Aaron De Venecia, Duluth Marshall (53.9 g / 12.35 kg)