Annual Bridge Building Competition at YSU set for Feb. 24

The 5th Annual Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition is scheduled 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Nick Shuluga of Lowelville competes in the YSU Bridge Building competition for high schoolers and sponsored in part by departments in YSU's College of STEM.

Nick Shuluga of Lowelville competes in last year's YSU Bridge Building competition for high schoolers and sponsored in part by departments in YSU's College of STEM.

The competition among high school students in Mahoning and Trumbull counties is sponsored by the YSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office, the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office and ms consultants, inc.

Last year, 22 teams from 12 high schools participated last year. Teams design and construct a balsa wood bridge that is load-tested until failure. The goal of the competition is to promote civil engineering as a career choice to students, and to provide students with an educational opportunity to apply their knowledge to a real-world application. Last year, Girard High School placed first, Niles-McKinley High School was second, with third place and an Aesthetic Award going to Canfield High School.

On the day of the event, teams will arrive at Youngstown State University with their teacher/advisor by 8:00 a.m. Students will construct their bridges on site from 8:30 – 11:45 a.m. Bridges will be inspected for adherence to design specifications at 12:45 p.m. and later will be load-tested. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams at approximately 2:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Anwarul Islam, YSU associate professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, at 330-941-1740 or aaislam@ysu.edu.