NCDOT Hosts Build-A-Bridge Competition Tuesday, March 04, 2014

               Editor's Note:   Due to inclement weather, the NCDOT Bridge Building Competitions in Regions 2, 3, 4  have been rescheduled until next Friday, March 14.        

RALEIGH —Some say it’s a cross between an engineering and an architectural competition.   A little bit of art and a lot of science and math.   The N. C. Department of Transportation’s annual bridge building competition is just the type of matchup that makes NCDOT engineers wish they were in school again.

On Friday, March 7 (Friday, March 14 for regions 2, 3 4) middle and high school students across the state will show off their brain power by taking part in a model bridge building competition in four regional competitions statewide. 

 The event is designed to create a greater awareness of careers in transportation, construction, engineering and other services provided by the NCDOT.  It’s also a method to help students make the connection between what is taught in the classroom and how science and math lessons translate into future careers.

Working in teams, students brainstormed ideas, designed a bridge diagram, constructed the model and will now present their ideas to a panel of judges.

The competitions will take place in four regions across the state starting at 9 a.m.  Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Region 1
Pitt Community College
Goess Building, Room 138
1986 Pitt Tech Road
Winterville, NC  28590

Region 2
NCDOT Transportation Building
1 South Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC  27699

Region 3
Randolph Community College
629 Industrial Park Avenue
Asheboro, NC  27205

Region 4
Collett Street Recreation Center
200 Collett Street
Morganton, NC  28655


One middle and high school team from each region will advance to the state final competition Friday, April 11, in Raleigh at the NCDOT Transportation Building, 1 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC.

For more information, contact Gail Herring, Program Coordinator @919.707.4442 or email gherring@ncdot.gov.
                                                                         

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