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BRIDGES OF TOOTHPICKS; FORMER ASTRONAUT TO PRESENT AWARDS

CHARLESTON, S.C.(Feb. 20)--A bridge building contest for middle and high school students from the tri-county area and Orangeburg County will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at LeTellier Hall on The Citadel's campus. More than 75 students are expected to participate.

     The bridges, constructed from toothpicks and model cement, will be judged by Citadel civil engineering students. The rules of the contest require the bridge to span a river at least 25 centimeters wide and use no more than 400 toothpicks. The bridges will be tested by loading weights onto the structures until complete failure occurs. Winners will be declared by bridges that hold the greatest amount of weight.

     An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Grimsley Hall Auditorium to recognize the top three students from each county and the top three students overall. Col. (Brig. Gen. selectee) Charles F. Bolden Jr., astronaut and deputy commandant at the U.S. Naval Academy, will be a special guest at the military college on Friday and will present the awards to winning students.

     The contest, usually intended for middle and high school students, received an entry this year from six students enrolled in the gifted program at Hampton Elementary School in Orangeburg. The students' bridge will be tested prior to the awards ceremony and they will have an opportunity to meet Col. Bolden.

     The fourth annual bridge building contest at The Citadel is being held in celebration of National Engineers' Week, Feb. 19-25. The contest is sponsored by The Citadel's Civil and Electrical Engineering Departments, Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS), Charleston Joint Engineers Council and the College of Charleston's Engineering Transfer Program.

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