Shown are participants during the ninth Regional Bridge Building Competition held at LHU early last month.
NOTE: This event took place prior to event cancellations and before social distancing orders were put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Earlier this semester, Lock Haven University physics faculty organized and hosted the ninth Regional Bridge Building Competition in the East Campus Science Center on the campus of LHU.
This year’s competition set another record number of 50 participants from high schools in central Pennsylvania. The winning bridge was the most efficient bridge ever tested for the nine year history of the competition at LHU. It was built by Domenick Minnoia from the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center. He was closely followed by last year’s winner Land’n Bechtel from the same school. The winning bridge was able to carry a load of 18.3 kg, while weighing only 14 grams.
Both participants qualified for the international bridge building contest that was originally set for May 9 at Illinois Tech in Chicago. The contest is now canceled, but participants can still mail in their bridges to Illinois Tech, who will then post the results.
The objective of the competition was to provide a learning experience in science and engineering for high school students. The competition encouraged students to demonstrate their understanding of scientific and engineering principles and exercise their practical skills in forming mechanical structures – bridges in particular.
According to the physics faculty who organized and hosted the event, they believe that there are plenty of opportunities for the creativity of the students, either in building bridges in high school, or in developing new technologies and ideas during more advanced studies.
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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.
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