Ticonderoga Future engineers had a chance to test their skills in Ticonderoga recently.
Students from Ticonderoga High School, Ti Middle School, St. Mary’s School and Crown Point Central School took part in the fifth annual bridge building competition sponsored by the Ti Kiwanis Club. A total of 49 students participated.
Teams of students constructed popsicle stick or balsa wood spans that were tested to determine which could hold the most weight. Award were presented to the most efficient bridges — determined by weight held — and to the most aesthetic spans.
“The middle school student teams designed their bridges and constructed out of popsicle sticks during a 1 1/2 hour time limit and then loaded a bucket suspended from their bridge with weights until the bridge collapsed, resulting in some tremendous displays of shattering popsicle sticks,” Graham Bailey, contest chairman, said. “Seventy percent of the bridges built by the middle school students carried over 50 pounds before breaking. Team The Bucks of Ti Middle School was the most efficient bridge carrying a load of 169 pounds.”
Bailey is a retired engineer.
The Bucks of Ti Middle School with Arthur Morrison and Tony Martucci took first place in the middle school efficiency awards. Buck Shots of Ti Middle School with Trevor Parent was second and The Ghosts with St. Mary’s students Ethan Carter, Kohl Tucker and Clayton Spaulding were third.
Roadkill of Ti Middle School with Haleigh Rivard and McKenzie Harrington took first in the middle school aesthetics category. The Ghosts with St. Mary’s students Ethan Carter, Kohl Tucker and Clayton Spaulding were second and Buck Shots of Ti Middle School with Trevor Parent was third.
“The high school students designed and built their balsa wood bridges in school as part of Paul Jebb’s physics class,” Bailey said. “The high school bridges were also judged for efficiency and aesthetics. Twelve teams competed in the high school part of this year’s contest. The most efficient high school bridge weighing but 4 1/4 ounces carried a staggering 148 pounds.”