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Citadel News Service

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Feb. 7, 2003

Kids build bridges

          Student teams from 14 area middle schools are building bridges for The Citadel student bridge competition Feb. 15. as part of the Saturday fair celebrating National Engineer’s Week.

          A special entry in this year’s competition will be a model bridge built by engineers from the new Cooper River Bridge project. (Although the bridge will be judged, it will not qualify to win.) Other events included in the fair are a mad science show (an interactive science program for kids) and demonstrations of Citadel senior engineering projects.

          Model Bridge Competition: 192 model bridges, built and designed by 400 Lowcountry school students, using only craft sticks and carpenters’ wood glue, will be tested for strength to weight ratio. Bridges will be loaded at mid-span until they collapse. The maximum load divided by the bridge weight will determine students’ scores.


          Schedule of events

Registration 8 to 9 a.m.
Judging 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Mad Science Program 9 to 10 a.m.
Bridge Testing 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Compilation of Results 11:30 a.m to noon
Awards Ceremony noon

          The Citadel School of Engineering annually hosts the fair to educate Lowcountry students in engineering issues and methods. All activities will take place in Grimsley Hall. The fair is free and open to the public.

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