Ti, St. Mary's students to construct bridges

TICONDEROGA - Would-be engineers will get a chance to test their knowledge at Ticonderoga Middle School.

The Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga will sponsor a Popsicle stick bridge contest May 9. It will include sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from Ti Middle School and St. Mary's School in Ti.

"One of the main objectives is to stimulate interest among students in engineering as a career and to teach students to work effectively in teams," explained Graham Bailey, Kiwanis president.

The contest will begin at 9 a.m. in the Ti Middle School cafeteria. Students will be given an hour to construct a bridge, which will be judged based on design and its ability to support weight.

Prizes will be awarded for the best-looking and strongest bridges.

Helping Bailey organize the contest are Bruce Tubbs, Ti Middle School principal, and Jim Marshall, Ti Middle School technology teacher.

Prior to the contest, Joe Mathias, a bridge engineer with the state Department of Transportation, will visit the schools and share information on the basics and history of bridge design and construction.

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