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September 22, 2018

Hannibal Students Learn To “Build ‘Em And Bust ‘Em”


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</p>Students from left to right: Nathan Welling, Jacob Whitcomb, Ben Griffin, Alex Witcomb, Trinity Stupp, and Jennifer Pittorf.

Students from left to right: Nathan Welling, Jacob Whitcomb, Ben Griffin, Alex Witcomb, Trinity Stupp, and Jennifer Pittorf.

On Saturday, November 16, 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 classrooms under the direction of technology teacher Robert Jones and Greg Bailey.   There were specific competition guidelines 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.

Jennifer Pittorf and Trinity Stupp represented the Hannibal School District, Kenney Middle School at this years the event. For their efforts the team placed 4th in bridge category 2 representing grades 7th and 8th.

The other students participating in the event were Ben Griffin and Alex Whitcomb in bridge category 3 representing grades 9th through 12th and Nathan Welling  and Jacob Whitcomb category 1 representing grades 4th through 6th.

The organizational support for the event included the MOST and the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University.

The sponsors for the event include Lockheed Martin Corporation, NSAA New York Space Grant, Technology Alliance of CNY, American Society of Civil Engineers, C & S Engineers Inc, Barton & Loguidice, Plumley Engineering, Peterson Engineering PC and the MOST.

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