Middle school engineers compete in digital bridge design contest
The annual West Point Bridge design contest was held at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School in March.
Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, students from all over the country can participate in the technology challenge.
Out of 71 Pau-Wa-Lu students, Andre Voss won first place, rebecca Gneiting won second place, and Danner Hillman took third. They competed against other middle and high school students April 13 in Carson City.
The competition consisted of building the least expensive bridge on the computer, while juggling different types of materials and making sure the bridge does not fail during the truck animation test driving over the bridge.
First and second place winners were awarded cash prizes. On the national level, students can compete for a $10,000 scholarship.