REPORTING · 12th May 2014
Bridge kits were handed out to students across the northwest earlier this year. The kits contained 150 popsicle sticks, 4 oz bottle of white glue. The students had to use the kits to build a bridge to bring to Mount Elizabeth Middle and Secondary School on Saturday May 3rd… to see how many pounds of pressure it would take before it breaks.
“They’ve been building their bridges for the last couple of weeks. Today, we’re testing them to see how much force they can withstand,” said Patricia Gabel, Administrative Assistant at Lapointe Engineering. .
The score to beat from two years ago was 167 pounds. There were a couple of bridges which could beat this score, and several of them did.
The purpose of the event was for the young people to take a stab at engineering.
“It’s amazing, the kids get excited about it,” said Gabel.
It starts by sending out information. Then, engineers go to all of the schools. The children make a bridge, it gets broken and the engineers explain why it broke. Then they start building for the competition.
Each of the winning bridges earned money for their schools. The winner of each category received $450, the overall winner earned $500 and the most innovative earned $200. A gas refund was organized this year to encourage entire teams of students to show up. This way, a few lucky travelers did not have to carry along all of the bridges.
The results are below:
Category 1, Grades 4 & 5, we had a tie. We had two teams from Prince Rupert Pineridge Elementary School and both withstood a force of 132 lbs. They were: Team “Stickin’ It” Jessica and Grant Slocombe; and Team “Pressure Testers II” Brandon Mah.
Category 2, Grades 6 & 7, was again a team from Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert Middle School with a bridge that withstood 350 lbs of force. This was Team “Iron Workers”, Brendan Eshom. This bridge was the overall winner of the event.
Category 3, Grades 8, 9 & 10 was from Kitimat, Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School, which broke at 102 lbs for force. This was Team “AdMeyerable” of Hannah Durrant.
Category 4, Grades 11 & 12 was also from Kitimat Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School, which held 222 lbs of force. Team “Dreem Team (Dy)” and the only member was Brendan Sorenson .
The winner of the Most Innovative award was Team “Dream Island Crossing” Andy Chugh of Prince Rupert Middle School land Andy’s class will receive $200.
$2950 was given out to the schools in prize money. Prince Rupert schools received $2050, divided between Pineridge Elementary ($900) and Prince Rupert Middle School ($1,150). Mount Elizabeth was given $900.
“The decision was made that the two teams that tied for first place in Grades 4 & 5 would both take home $450.00,” said Gabal. “Money was going to schools of the winning teams.”
James Eckstein, Steven Horianopoulos, Scott Cashen, Antoine Sauve and their bridges
Hannah Durrant goes first and sets the bar. She did a lot better then expected
Grant and Jessica Slocombe tied with Brandon Mah (not shown) from Prince Rupert with a score of 132 pounds of pressure