ASCE Capital Branch hosts West Point Bridge Design Contest
The Capital Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) held its ninth annual West Point Bridge Design local contest final competition April 13 in Carson City.
Andrew Voss from Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, Brenden Galloway from Dayton High, Andrew Matthews and Madsen Evans from Dayton Intermediate, and Connor Britschgi from Silverland Middle School competed in the final round.
This year, Brenden claimed the $150 overall grand prize.
The event challenges middle and high school students to design a bridge using a computer program created by the West Point Military Academy.
Bridge designs are judged based on cost and their ability to accommodate the specified design loads.
“The goal is to introduce students to engineering in a fun atmosphere of friendly competition,” organizers said in a press release.
ASCE awards to teams from each participating school a first place $50 cash prize and a second place $30 cash prize.
One team from each school is then invited to participate in the final competition.
More than 175 teams participated in this year’s competition from: Carson, Dayton, Eagle Valley, and Silver State Charter High Schools; Dayton Intermediate School; and Carson Valley, Pau-Wa-Lu, and Silverland Middle Schools.
“ASCE appreciates everyone’s participation and extends special thanks to Lumos & Associates, R.O. Anderson Engineering, Inc., and Stanka Consulting, LTD., for helping to sponsor the event, as well as Resource Concepts, Inc., for hosting the final round competition,” organizers said.