Bridge-building competition this Friday on campus

Bridge building

High school students from throughout the region come to the YSU campus March 1 for the Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition.

High school students from throughout Mahoning and Trumbull counties will participate in the sixth annual Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University.

The competition has been organized and supported since 2008 by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at YSU, the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office, the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office and ms consultants inc.

The event involves the design and construction of a balsa wood bridge, followed by load testing until failure. The goal of the MVMBBC 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.

This year, 36 teams from 18 high schools will compete. Last year’s first- and second-place teams were from Lowellville High School. The third place award went to Niles McKinley High School.

At the event, students construct bridges from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. After lunch and glue-drying time, bridges will be inspected for adherence to design specifications at 12:45 p.m. and will be later load-tested until failure. The winning bridge will be chosen based on meeting the design criteria and the most efficient load carrying capacity to structure weight ratio. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams at approximately 2:15 p.m.