Top Honors Given Out in NCDOT’s Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition Monday, April 14, 2014

           Middle and High School Finalists Held in Suspense as Engineer Hopefuls Compete Head-to-Head

Raleigh – A Mill Springs middle school bridge design team and a Wake Forest high school team took home first place in Friday’s final round of the 15th Annual NCDOT Model Bridge Building Competition.  In addition to the gold medal bragging rights, Polk County Middle School and The Franklin Academy High School were also given a $500 award to take back to their schools.

Contestants were judged on oral presentations, written reports and design drawings, as well as the structural efficiency of their wooden model bridge.

“The goal of this competition,” said coordinator Gail Herring, “is to hone students’ math and science skills and hopefully encourage them to choose the transportation industry as a career.  When more teachers realize our competition fulfills the ‘STEM’ work-based learning experiences,” said Herring, “A light bulb may go off and they may start their own bridge building club in their school.”

In addition to emphasizing the development of math and science skills, the competition also provides an opportunity to use problem-solving strategies and critical thinking, enhance communication skills and apply research and presentation skills.

Final Standings are as follows:

High School:

First Place:                    The Franklin Academy High School, Wake Forest
Second Place:                North Moore High School, Robbins
Third Place:                   Camden County High School, Camden
Fourth Place:                 Polk County High School, Columbus
Most Unique Design:       Camden County High School, Camden
Best Presentation:          North Moore High School, Robbins

Middle School:

First Place:                    Polk County Middle School, Mill Springs
Second Place:                Exploris Middle School, Raleigh
Third Place:                   Highfalls Elementary School, Bennett
Fourth Place:                 West Craven Middle School, New Bern
Most Unique Design:       Highfalls Elementary School, Bennett
Best Presentation:          West Craven Middle School, New Bern

All of the teams won first place in their respective regional competition in March.

The competition was held at the North Carolina Department of Transportation Auditorium in Raleigh and was sponsored by the Carolinas Associated General Contractors.


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