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Bridge Building Competition

Over two weeks at the end of last term, the Year 8 A stream Maths and Science students were hard at work completing the in-school bridge building challenge.

Teams of four were tasked with building the strongest bridge to span 30 cm made from just popsticks, string and glue. The iCentre was abuzz with excitement and creativity with almost 90 students competing in the challenge. Students were fortunate to have Aurecon engineer Mrs Domenique Cavell present to them.

Mrs Cavell described the challenges and achievements in design and construction of bridges, and referenced her portfolio that included those bridges in whose construction she has been involved.  She also discussed the pathways and entry requirements for Engineering. Some students were able to use the VR equipment to visit “Bridges of the World” in Google Earth.

Testing of bridges was undertaken over a number of days using the Vernier structures and materials tester. There were some unique and clever designs that demonstrated the STEM skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication. The excitement and disappointment as bridges were tested to destruction was evident in the faces of our ‘engineers’. The two strongest bridge teams will represent the college at the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition at Scitech in August. Well done to all involved and to our two teams consisting of winners Caitlyn C, Alex S and Maya F (28.35kg) and runners up Chris V, Ruben D and Riley C (26.7kg).