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Walsh Jesuit wins top prizes at the 11th Annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition


Akron, Ohio – Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, hosted the 11h Annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition on January 28th, 2011 in the Student Union at the University of Akron.  The two teams from Walsh Jesuit earned first and second place and Norton came in third. Thirty-nine teams from area high schools built miniature bridges of their own designs, made out of balsa wood and according to strict guidelines. 


The competition is designed to encourage high school students to implement scientific and mathematical principles they have learned in the classroom.  Along with Engineer Alan Brubaker, fourteen engineering consulting firms co-sponsor the annual event and offer a $2,500 scholarship opportunity for competition participants who choose a career in civil engineering.  CT Consultants, E.L. Robinson, Hammontree and Associates, Palmer Engineering, Richland Engineering Limited, Burgess and Niple, Osborn, MS Consultants, GPD Group, KCI, Euthenics, ME Companies, Arcadis, and Jones-Stuckey Ltd were the participating consulting firms this year.  Representatives from all fourteen firms were on board with displays, handouts and words of encouragement to help bridge the gap from applied bridge design to a real life professional career in the field.  College students majoring in civil engineering at The University of Akron and professional engineers from the Summit County Engineer’s Office were also busy circulating among the teams to cheer them on while teams competed to build the winning bridge.



After about three hours of construction, the bridges were brought up on stage to be load tested until their ultimate demise.  Bridge after bridge broke under the increased weight hanging from the center of the bridges.  The winning team members from Walsh Jesuit are Anthony Musso, Alex Bergsneider, and Joe Sinopoli. They were rewarded with a trophy and cash prizes for their impressive efforts.

Pictures can be found at: http://picasaweb.google.com/SummitCountyEngineer/MBBC2011


Participating high schools:

Akron Early College

Archbishop Hoban



Cuyahoga Falls


Four Cities Educational Compact





Our Lady of the Elms

Portage Lakes Career Center


Six District Engineering Academy

St. Vincent – St. Mary’s

Stow-Munroe Falls


Walsh Jesuit




Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 13:30