2015 SWMO MSPE Regional Model Bridge Contest


On Thursday, March 26, 2015 the Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers held the 14th Annual Regional Model Bridge Contest at Missouri Southern State University in the Billingsley Student Center from 6 to 8 pm.

Bridges are designed and built by high school students using 3/32" x 3/32" lengths of Basswood. The bridge specifications require a maximum weight of 25 grams with maximum dimensions of length 350 millimeter by width 75 millimeter by height 100 millimeter.

The top three finishers receive cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 respectively.

First place was Naomi Reeves a senior at Church Alive Christian School. Her bridge weighed 20.23 grams and carried 76.0 pounds for an efficiency ratio of 1704.1. Her school sponsor is John Koehler.

Second place was Trent Tate a freshman at Ballard High School. His bridge weighed 14.92 grams and carried 52.6 pounds for an efficiency ratio of 1599.1. His school sponsor is James Hurst.

Third place was Allec Uber a freshman at Carl Junction High School. His bridge weighed 23.78 grams and carried 82.5 pounds for an efficiency ratio of 1573.7. His school sponsor is Natalie Hughes.

One hundred twenty-seven students from 13 area high schools participated in the contest. The average efficiency ratio was 688.4.

Naomi Reeves and Trent Tate are now eligible to participate in the 38th Annual International Bridge Building Contest to be held in Portland, Oregon on April 25, 2015.

2012 SWMO Regional Model Bridge Contest

The 2012 SWMO regional model bridge contest took place on March 22 at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO.

Statistics from the Event.

    • 127 contestants, includes the High School and Challenge divisions
    • 75 Highschool entries, includes 19 disqualified bridges
    • 43 Challenge entries, includes 9 disqualified bridges

The maximum weight supported by a qualified bridge was 88.2 lbs and was constructed by Allison Knewston, a Junior at Joplin High School.  The sponsor for Ms. Knewston was Deonna Anderson. 

2012 First Place Bridge (High School Division)

First Place Bridge

 

Panorama of the 2012 contest setup.

The setting up of the various stations begins...

 

Testing has begun...

The testing has begun...

 

 First place bridge undergoing testing.

 Second place bridge undergoing testing.

 

 

 

2014 SWMO MSPE Regional Model Bridge Contest

On Thursday, March 13, 2014 the Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers held the 13th Annual Regional Model Bridge Contest at Missouri Southern State University in the Billingsley Student Center from 6 to 8 pm.

Bridges are designed and built by high school students using 3/32” x 3/32” lengths of Basswood.  The bridge specifications require a maximum weight of 25 grams with maximum dimensions of length 350 millimeter by width 75 millimeter by height 100 millimeter.

The top three finishers receive cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 respectively.

First place was Caleb Skocy a senior at Rich Hill High School.  His bridge weighed 17.39 grams and carried 86.9 pounds for an efficiency ratio of 2,266.7.  His school sponsor is Phil Stump.

Second place was Holly Tate a freshman at Ballard High School.  Her bridge weighed 19.01 grams and carried 63.6 pounds for an efficiency ratio of 1,517.5.  Her school sponsor is James Hurst.

Third place was JayLynn Armstrong a freshman at Church Alive Christian School.  Her bridge weighed 24.61 grams and carried 77.0 pounds for an efficiency ratio of 1,419.22.  Her school sponsor is John Koehler.

Seventy-six students from 9 area high schools participated in the contest.  The average efficiency ratio was 645.2.

Caleb Skocy and Holly Tate are now eligible to participate in the 37th Annual International Bridge Building Contest to be held in Chicago, Illinois on May 10, 2014.

First Place Bridge

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Results Tables

Tabulated results for the High School division: HS Results

Tabulated results for the Challenge division: Challenge Results

Tabulated results for all contestants: All Contestants Results

 

 

 

2013 SWMO MSPE Regional Model Bridge Contest

The 2013 SWMO regional model bridge contest took place on March 14 at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO.

Statistics from the Event.

    • 142 contestants, includes the High School and Challenge divisions
    • 80 Highschool entries, includes 17 disqualified bridges
    • 62 Challenge entries, includes 6 disqualified bridges and 3 non-ranked bridges

The maximum weight supported by a qualified bridge was 111.0 lbs and was constructed by Allison Knewston, a Senior at Franklin Tech.  The sponsor for Ms. Knewston was Deonna Anderson. 

First Place Bridge

 First place bridge undergoing testing.

Results Tables

Tabulated results for the High School division: HS Results

Tabulated results for the Challenge division: Challenge Results

Tabulated results for all contestants: All Contestants Results

 

 

 

17th Annual Model Bridge Contest, March 15, 2018

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

(or until all bridges are broken)

Location: MSSU Billingsly Student Center, Room 335

Register by January 26, 2018

The Model Bridge Contest

The Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers is pleased to sponsor the Annual Model Bridge Contest for Southwest Missouri area students.

Please contact us if you or your students have questions now or later during the design and construction of the model bridge. We offer, at your request, a 50-minute “Model Bridge Building 101” class during or after school hours.

Each contestant will design and construct a basswood bridge conforming to the linked rules. On the day of the contest, students will have their bridge loaded to failure. The winners will be determined on the basis of the highest efficiency ratio (maximum load divided by the weight of the bridge).

The High School  Division of the Model Bridge Contest

For the High School division (grades 9 – 12) there will be a $5.00 entry fee per bridge.  The entry fee will not be refunded.  The contest is intended for individuals.  Teams will be permitted at this contest, but only individuals may advance to the International Bridge Building Contest.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants; $100 – 1st place, $50 – 2nd place, $25 – 3rd place.  A $500 cash scholarship will be awarded to the 1st place winner.  The scholarship will be paid upon confirmation of attendance to any Missouri college or university immediately following graduation from high school.  If the winner is in grades 9-11 the scholarship will be held until the student graduates high school.  The top two contestants will be eligible to participate in the International Bridge Building Contest, see http://bridge.phys.iit.edu for photos and other information.

The Challenge Division of the Model Bridge Contest

For the Challenge division there will be a $5.00 entry fee per bridge.  The entry fee will not be refunded.  The challenge of building a model bridge is open to all individuals and teams not eligible for the High School division.

General

If any of your students are interested, please complete the enclosed registration form with entry fee and return it to the address shown on the form or the email below. We would like to receive registrations for the contest by January 26, 2018. Registrations received after that date will be accepted; however, registrations after February 22, 2018 will NOT be accepted. We will distribute bridge kits upon receipt of your entry via USPS or FEDEX. Students may begin their design and layout work at any time.

Students do not have to be present to participate in the competition. A representative of the school may deliver the completed bridges and entry forms to the competition or the entry can be mailed. We encourage you to attend the contest, even if you have no students interested in participating. Please contact us if you or your students have questions now or later during the design and construction of the model bridge.