Saturday, December 3, 2011

NCDOT model bridge building competition for middle and high schoolers

The N.C. Department of Transportation invites all North Carolina middle and high schools to participate in the annual NCDOT Model Bridge Building Competition. The competition is designed to create a greater awareness of transportation careers and the services provided by NCDOT. The deadline for registration is Friday, Dec. 9.
The event challenges student teams to design and build a model bridge. Teams will first compete in regional competitions on March 9, 2012, with the winners traveling to Raleigh for the state competition on April 20, 2012.
The NCDOT Model Bridge Building Competition gives students an opportunity to learn problem-solving strategies and use critical thinking skills while making the connection between what is taught in the classroom and real world applications. Working in teams, students will brainstorm ideas, design a diagram and construct a model bridge using balsa wood and glue. A panel will judge the entries.
NCDOT believes students will best experience tomorrow's career opportunities by working with industry professionals today. The NCDOT Model Bridge Building Competition is sponsored in part by the Carolinas Associated General Contractors.
Teachers may register online at the competition website. Students must be sponsored by a teacher. For more information, contact Gail Herring via email at or by calling (919) 707-4442.

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