Miniature Bridge Building Competition at YSU February 28

The 7th Annual Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition will be Friday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University.

The competition has been organized and supported since 2008 by the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at YSU; the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office; 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 the bridge until it fails. The goal of the MVMBBC is to promote civil engineering as a career choice to students, expose them to some basics of engineering design, and to provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge to a real-world application.

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.

The Bridge Building competition for high schoolers is sponsored in part by departments in YSU’s College of STEM.

All Mahoning and Trumbull County high schools have been invited to participate in this event. Twenty seven teams from 14 high schools signed up to participate this year. A total of 31 teams from 16 different high schools participated in 2013. Lowellville High School won the 2013 first and third prizes, while Niles-McKinley High School won second prize.

On the day of the event, teams will be given just over three hours to design and construct their bridges, following set design specifications. After allowing for lunch and glue drying time, bridges will be inspected and then be load-tested until failure. The winning bridge will be chosen based upon adherance to the criteria and the most efficient load carrying capacity to structure-weight ratio.

For more information or to register, please contact Anwarul Islam, associate professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering at 330-941-1740, or E-mail: