Ticonderoga The fourth annual Kiwanis Bridge Building Contest will be held in Ticonderoga.
“Begun in 2009 with a few students from St. Mary’s and Ti Middle School, the Kiwanis Bridge Building Contest has grown each year,” said Graham Bailey, contest chairman. “The last event attracted nearly 40 students from the (St. Mary’s and Ticonderoga) middle schools and Ticonderoga High School.
This year’s contest will be held at the Ti Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 21.
More than 60 students have already registered for the contest, which will expand in 2012 to include Crown Point Central School.
The bridge contest will also include this year’s Ticonderoga High School physics class.
“This year (teacher) Paul Jebb has formatted a portion of his physics class to focus on the design elements of bridge design,” Bailey said. “It is Mr. Jebb’s intention to have all of his physics students compete in the Albany contest. His goal this year is to ‘Go for the gold’.”
Sponsorship has also expanded. Assisting the Kiwanis in the 2012 event will be the Ticonderoga Teachers Association, Reale Construction Co. and DeFranco Landscaping Co.
“The bridge building contest was originally created to stimulate interest among students in science and engineering and also to demonstrate the benefits in working in teams,” Bailey said. “Since the initial contest two teachers, Pam Arzberger (of St. Mary’s School) and Jim Marshall (of Ticonderoga Middle School), have worked for most of the fall semester after school with the students to help students better understand the principles of bridge design and construction”
Bailey has also worked with students.
Last year, several high school participants in the local contest traveled to Albany to compete in the Capital District Bridge Building Competition. One team from Ticonderoga took third place for aesthetics among 40 teams.
In 2011 37 students and 11 teams competed.