Winners Announced in NCDOT Regional Model Bridge Building Competition Friday, March 9, 2012

RALEIGH – Students from across the state displayed their best math, critical-thinking and presentation skills today in the quest to become finalists in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Model Bridge Building Competition.

About 250 students participated in the four regional contests. Each team was judged on a written report, oral presentation, design drawing and structural efficiency of the model.

“It took a lot of preparation, but the experience was amazing,” said Olivia Rudiak, 17, a first-year team member for Franklin Academy in Wake Forest.

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Students from Four Oaks Middle School watch NCDOT engineers test their model bridge.

The Franklin Academy team won its division by presenting an entertaining skit based on the film The Matrix and building a lightweight yet strong bridge model that demonstrated a high degree of structural efficiency.

The 2012 Regional Model Bridge Competition winners are:

Middle School                                            High School

Clarkton School of Discovery                                            East Bladen High   
Clarkton, Bladen County
                                                 Elizabethtown, Bladen County

Four Oaks Middle School                                                 Franklin Academy   
Four Oaks, Johnston County
                                          Wake Forest, Wake County

Highfalls School                                                                 North Moore High
Highfalls, Moore County                                                 Robbins, Moore County

Polk Middle School                                                           Enka High School
Mill Springs, Polk County                                               Candler, Buncombe County

These winners will compete at the statewide level on Friday, April 20 at the NCDOT Transportation Building Auditorium in downtown Raleigh.

Winning schools at each level in the statewide competition will receive cash prizes donated by Carolina’s Associated General Contractors.

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Model bridge contestants from Franklin Academy reveal their bridge-building knowledge in a skit.

The competition was designed to create greater awareness of careers in the transportation industry and the services it provides.  While emphasizing mathematics and science skills, the competition also gives students the opportunity to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, research and oral presentation abilities.

“The contest required students to use a number of skills that are in high demand for good careers,” said Moore County career and technical education teacher Janet Dunn, who coached both a high school and middle school team.

For more information about the competition, please contact Gail Herring in Human Resources at (919)
707-4442 or via email at To learn more, visit the website at


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A variety of bridge designs were entered in the 2012 NCDOT Regional Model Bridge Building Competition.





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