Under Pressure: Student Built Bridges Undergo Stress Tests

By Emma Koch

Under Pressure: Student Built Bridges Undergo Stress Tests

February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Students will arm themselves with 100 Popsicle sticks, Elmer's glue and their knowledge of engineering, design and science principals.

20 area middle school students will put their creativity and brain-power to the test Saturday at Science Central's 14th Annual Middle School Bridge Design Competition.

There are 12 registered teams or individuals who will be attempting to build the lightest bridge possible that can bear the most pressure. The bridge must span a 2-foot gap and will be judged based on the load to weight to deflection ratio.

“Science Central is pleased to work with the National Engineers Week Committee on this event,” said Science Central Executive Director Martin Fisher. “The bridge building competition helps us spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, fields that are important to help our community be strong and economically vital. We hope these kids evolve into our next generation of engineers.”

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