Bridge Building Competition

Arlington, Barre, Morristown, and Hartford Schools Won 3rd Annual Bridge Building Contest in 2017!

The results are in and several area schools won bragging rights and scholarships at the 3rd annual event. Vermont Tech hosted middle and high school teams at two separate events. Many thanks to the teachers, mentors and families that supported their students for another successful event! Read the full press release online or the featured story on the website.

2018 Events:

Model bridges promote the study and application of physics and engineering and help students develop “hands-on” skills. Participating students got to experience what it is to be an engineer, designing structures to a set of specifications and then seeing them perform their function.

Teams of students constructed bridges in advance of the competition -- using only popsicle sticks, Elmer’s glue, tooth picks, and dental floss. Bridges were judged on aesthetics and originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, strength-to-weight ratio, and predicted failure point. Teams consisted of 1-6 students.

This year we had two separate competitions; one for high school students and one for middle school students. The competition is designed for students/teachers interested in math, science, physics, research, and engineering (STEM areas). Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as aesthetics, presentations, bridge designs and team spirit awards. Check out our photos from this year's middle school and high school events!

High School Event: Friday, March 23              Middle School Event: Thursday, April 12

Bridge Building Competition Specifications
Example of Bridge Design
Photo Release Form
Campus Map

Schedule of the Day  |  Judd Hall

8:45-9:15  |  Registration and team set-up

9:15-9:35  |  Welcome from Patricia Moulton, Interim President and overview for day from Mary O'Leary, Chair, and John Diebold, both of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program

9:35-9:45  |  Final team set-up

9:45-10:30  |  First round of bridge judging

10:30-11:30  |  Bridge "popping/crushing" and final judging

11:15-12:20  |  Complimentary lunch and campus tours

12:25-1  |  Award presentation