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Walsh Jesuit wins both top prizes at 10th Annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition (U of A)



Akron, Ohio – Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, hosted the 10th Annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition on January 29, 2010 in the Student Union at the University of Akron.  The two teams from Walsh Jesuit earned first and second place. Thirty-seven 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, ten 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.  Representatives from all ten 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.

At lunch time, Mr. Dave Rinehart with Richland Engineering used his immense engineering experience and served as the aesthetics judge for the competition.  This prize was also claimed by Walsh Jesuit. 

The bridges were then 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 teams from Walsh were rewarded with a trophy and cash prizes for their impressive efforts.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

Participating high schools:

  • Akron Early College
  • Barberton
  • Coventry
  • Cuyahoga Falls
  • East
  • Firestone
  • Four Cities Educational Compact
  • Garfield
  • Green
  • Mogadore
  • Norton
  • Our Lady of the Elms
  • Portage Lakes Career Center
  • Springfield
  • Six District Engineering Academy
  • St. Vincent – St. Mary’s
  • Stow-Munroe Falls
  • Walsh Jesuit
  • Woodridge
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Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2010 14:16