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Smashing good time

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by Bronwyn Quint
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11 August 2011
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Bronwyn is Scienceworks' Program Coordinator for Physical Science.

On Wednesday 3 August 2011, 55 teams of young engineers in years 8 and 9 brought bridges of their own design, built by themselves using a kit of materials supplied by Aurecon to Scienceworks. There they loaded the bridges to breaking point to see whose bridge could carry the greatest load. Made from balsa wood, string, cardboard and glue, the bridges were very diverse with many having interesting designs.

Bridge-building teams in Scienceworks Amphitheatre Bridge-building teams in Scienceworks Amphitheatre waiting for their chance to have their bridges tested.
Image: Bronwyn Quint
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Bridges were weighed on arrival and the teams registered and photographed. At noon the testing started. Bridges were judged on not only the load they carried but also their aesthetics, workmanship and creativity. A formula was then used to give each bridge a score out of 50 based on the weight of the bridge, the weight supported, the maximum weight carried by a bridge on the day and the aesthetics score.

Testing the Kaniva College mixed team bridge Testing the Kaniva College mixed team bridge under the watchful eye of The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP.
Image: Bronwyn Quint
Source: Museum Victoria
 

A fun day was had by all who attended with prizes being awarded by The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP (Minister for Major Projects) who chatted with many of the teams present.

The winning teams in 2011 were:

  • 1st    Kaniva College (mixed) 115.5kg
  • 2nd   Kaniva College Girls’ team 100.2kg
  • 3rd    Leibler Yavneh College (boys) 78.0kg

Tintern Girls Grammar team with their innovative bridge Tintern Girls Grammar team with their innovative bridge and The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP.
Image: Bronwyn Quint
Source: Museum Victoria
 

A new prize, the Aurecon Innovation Award (sponsored by Major Projects Victoria), went to Tintern Girls Grammar with a stylish pink bridge modelled on the Golden Gate bridge.

The two Kaniva College teams pose with their winning cheques and The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP The two Kaniva College teams pose with their winning cheques and The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MPpose with their winning cheques and The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP.
Image: Bronwyn Quint
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Kaniva College have now made it a hat trick winning the last three years of the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition.

Links:

MV News: Aurecon Bridge-building Competition (2010)

MV News: Breaking bridges (2009)

Aurecon Bridge-building Competition

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