HANNIBAL, NY – On November 9, the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology hosted the annual Build ’Em and Bust ’Em Bridge Building Competition for 600 pupils from local elementary, middle and high schools throughout Central New York.
Working during study halls and after school, student teams designed and built balsa wood bridges in the Kenney Middle School Technology Education classroom under the direction of technology teacher Gregory Bailey.
There were specific competition guidelines that all students had to follow to build the balsa 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.
This hands-on activity takes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education outside the class, with an emphasis on teamwork and design.
Hannibal’s Kenney Middle School students competed in two categories. Twenty-one students made up the eight teams that represented Kenney Middle School in category 1 at this year’s the event.
These teams competed against 115 other teams consisting of fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
The teams were: The Bridge Busters – Bradley Wiggins, Jake Kelly and Logan Hayden 90th place and The Unstoppable Warriors – Faith Smith, Mackenzie Stienbrecher and Tory Pavo 70th place and The Pretty Little L’s – Kelly Loveland, Alexis Lindsley and Miranda Lindsley 65th place and The Creators – Matthew Thompson Ayden Cleary 57th place and The Camo Kings – Joey Cerillo and Ryan Whitcomb Hunter Dumas 56th place and Awesome A Cutizie #3- Alivia Diefenbacher and Alyssa Emmons 47th place and the Golden Gate Bridge Builders – Blake Donhauser and Phillip Nosko 27th place and the highest placing category 1 team, placing 7th was The Bridge Builders team of Noah Kuc, Ryan Nosko and Zach Shortslef.
Kenney Middle School had five teams competing in Category II, grades 7 and 8, against 58 other teams.
The teams were: The Purple Twinsies – Christina Thompson and Nora Kingsbury 44th place and The Rainbow Zebras – Brayden Lambry and Jon Mills 43rd place and The Crusher – Colby Pavo and Andrew Huller 35th place and The Galloping Gertie Repair Crew – Hunter Donhauser and Zachery Williams 22nd place and the highest placing category II team Placing 21st was The Piggy Bank Bridge Crushers team of Stephen McCombie and John Ruggio.
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.