07 March 2011 - Aurecon this week launched its 2011 Bridge Building Competition for high school students across Australia and New Zealand.
Following the popularity of last year's event, the competition has been expanded to additional locations in Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand, launching Aurecon’s first Trans-Tasman Challenge.
The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition brings together schools in a fun and challenging way to see who can build the strongest bridge from balsa sticks, glue and string. St Pius X High School, the overall winners of the 2010 competition, built a bridge that withstood 100.6 kg before collapsing – a massive challenge for other schools to beat in 2011.
Entry is free and open to Year 8 and 9 students (Year 9 and 10 in New Zealand). Cash prizes will be awarded to the top performing students and schools.
Students will design and build a model bridge according to guidelines provided by Aurecon. Materials will be dispatched six weeks prior to 'judging day' in August when the bridges will be tested to determine the maximum load capacity and judged on aesthetics and workmanship.
This Aurecon competition helps raise awareness of the role of engineering in the community as a part of Engineers Australia “Engineering Week”.
Supported by various industry sponsors including VicRoads, Abigroup, Cement Australia, JF Hull, Engineers Australia and Scienceworks, Aurecon runs the annual event to raise awareness and interest in the engineering profession among secondary school students before they choose their electives for the Higher School Certificate.