orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

December 9, 2012

Students participate in bridge building contest

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

WEST ORANGE — West Orange–Stark High School students in Michael Washburn’s Pre-AP Physics classes and Kurt Reeves’ Introduction to Engineering classes tested bridges that they researched, designed, and built for the Annual West Orange–Stark High School Bridge Building Competition sponsored by DuPont Sabine River Works’ Adopt-A-School program.

DuPont Sabine River Works adopted the classes and presented a workshop on the basics of bridges. It included the history and types of bridges, engineering concepts, and truss analysis.

Students were also invited to participate in a bridge building contest. DuPont Sabine River Works provided all of the students in the classes with a bridge building kit and contest requirements.

Testing was performed using pea stone to gauge the strength of the bridge structure, slowly weighing the bridges until they collapsed. The bridges were also judged on bridge actual weight, aesthetics and creativity.