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2015 Annual Report

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Click the link below to view the 2015 Annual Report. 

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Hudson High School wins 16th Annual MBBC

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Akron, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, hosted the 16th Annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition on February 26, 2016 in the Student Union at the University of Akron. Thirty-nine teams from 21 area high schools built miniature bridges of their own designs, made out of balsa wood and according to strict guidelines. The sole team from Hudson High School came in first place by constructing a bridge that held 58.4 pounds.  Springfield High School Team 2 claimed the second spot and Springfield High School Team 1 came in 3rd place. Portage Lakes Career Center Team 1 won the Aesthetics Award and Cuyahoga Falls Team 1 was runner up with their model of the Hall of Fame Bridge. 

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, sixteen engineering consulting firms co-sponsor the annual event and offer scholarship opportunities for competition participants who choose a career in civil engineering.  AECOM/URS, Inc, Arcadis, Burgess & Niple, CT Consultants, DLZ, E.L. Robinson, Environmental Design Group, Euthenics, Jones-Stuckey Ltd./Pennoni Associates, ljb, inc, Mannik Smith Group, Inc, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., ms consultants, Osborn Engineering, Richland Engineering, and Thrasher Engineering were the participating consulting firms this year. Representatives from all sixteen 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 students 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 Hudson High School are Andrew McDonald, Michael Lang, and Brian Glen. They were rewarded with a trophy and cash prizes for their impressive efforts. Second place winners from Springfield High School are Andrew Wilmot, Jonathan Michaels, and Gerald Lanik.  Aesthetics Award winners from Portage Lakes Career Center are Nathan Walent, Chai Lin, and Alissa Sarver.

 

MBBC Scholarship Information

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Click the links below for MBBC scholarship information.

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Competition Checklist

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CHECKLIST

(For day of Competition)

o   Balsa wood kit-provided by the Summit County Engineer's Office

o   Glue (Non-foaming)

o   Matchbook or Hotwheels type test car

o   Protective eyewear

o   Pre-approved construction plan/sketch

o   Tools for fabrication and assembly

o   Rules Compliance

o   Materials must be from supplied wood kits

o   Bridge must be constructed on-site by student team

o   Advisors may not assist with construction or assembly of bridge

o   Only registered team members may be at the building tables during construction

o   All construction must be completed during 3-hour time period

o   Bridges must use two inch wide roadbed supplied with kit

o   Matchbook or Hotwheels toy car must pass completely across the bridge

o   The bridge may not be coated with paint, tape, stain, varnish or adhesive

o   Excess glue must be removed

o   Comply with layering, laminating and blocking (spacer block) rules

o   Prototype bridges are not permitted on-site

o   Make sure you are able to load a 2’ round load plate with a ¼’ diameter eyebolt to be inserted through the mid-point of the bridge

 

What makes a bridge look good?

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See the attached document about bridge aesthetics

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2016 MBBC Rules

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Click below for a PDF of the rules for 2016.

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2016 MBBC Agenda

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16th ANNUAL MINIATURE BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION

February 26, 2016

AGENDA

7:00 – 7: 45 am            Setup for Engineer’s Office

7:45 – 8:20 am             Registration and Continental Breakfast

                                    Handout Sponsor Trivia Contest Sheets to Students

(Students may use this time to collect trivia answers from sponsors)

8:20 – 8:30 am            Opening Remarks – Alan Brubaker, Summit County Engineer

                                    Review of Competition                                    

8:30 – 9:30 am            Teams begin Bridge Building

9:30 - 9:40 am              Mandatory Break

9:40 – 10:00 am           Teacher/Advisor Session

9:40-10:40 am              Teams resume bridge building

10:40 – 10:50 am         Mandatory Break

10:50 – 11:50 am         Teams complete Bridge Building

11:50 – 12:45 pm        Lunch

                                    Introduction of Sponsors, U of A Staff and Judges

                                    Aesthetics Award Presentation

                                    Collect Sponsor Trivia Contest Answers at Sponsor Display

Important! All students must complete the Sponsor Trivia Contest prior to bridge testing

12:45 – 2:15 pm           Bridge Loading and Testing

                                    Post Failure Examination Table for Bridge Failure Analysis

2:15 – 2:45 pm             Bridge Building Award Presentations &

                                    Trivia Contest Awards

                                    Closing Remarks

2:45 – 3:00 pm             Clean-Up and Pack-Up

 

In case of a snow emergency, the competition will only be cancelled if the University of Akron is closed for the day. If the University is closed the competition will then be rescheduled for a later date. The snow closure number is 330-972-7669. 

 


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