On Saturday, November 12, the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) hosted the annual “Build ’Em and Bust ’Em” Bridge Building Competition for 600 pupils from local elementary, middle and high school students throughout Central New York.
Student teams designed and built balsa wood bridges in the Kenney Middle School Technology Education classroom under the direction of technology teacher Greg Bailey. There were specific competition guidelines that all students had to follow in class to build the wooden bridges. The winning bridges at the event were based on their efficiency determined by the mass of the bridge divided into weight the bridge could support before failure.
The student learned about problem solving, engineering, optimization, teamwork, math, and science. Technology Education classes helps students better understand our human made world.
Twenty one students made up the nine teams that represented the Hannibal School District’s Kenney Middle School at this year’s the event.
The following teams competed in the bridge category I representing the 4th, 5th and 6th grade. The Bridge Busters, Steven Baker and Payton Gorman, 17th place; McCombie Bridge Builders, Steven and Nicholas McCombie, 27 place; Monster Mania Bridge Crusher, Hunter Donhauser and Zachery Williams 37th place; DMK Purple Warriors, Christina Thompson and Nora Kingsbury, 49th place;.
The following teams competed in the bridge category II representing the 7th and 8th grade. The Purple Hearts, Kate Thompson and Taylor McLaughlin, 7th Place; Purple Rain, Olivia Mann and Amanda Miano, 23 place; Warriors, Andrew Smith, Jacob Brett and Jamie Brett, 41st place; The Stock and Bridge Brokers, Austin Qualie, Evan Salmonsen and Seth Salmonsen, 49th place, In Bridge We Truss, Austin Baker, Austin Fenske and Owen Braun, 61st place.
This year’s contest was sponsored by the L.C. Smith College of Engineering, Computer Science at Syracuse University, Technology Alliance of CNY, Lockheed Martin and Time Warner