Aurecon's Bridge Building Competition: A 'real-world' engineering experience
From small beginnings in classrooms across Australia and New Zealand, to designing tomorrow’s greatest pieces of infrastructure, the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition offers secondary school students ‘real-world’ experience of what they can look forward to as future engineering students and professionals.
Aurecon believes that the engineering, science and technology industries must work together and lead efforts to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths subjects) more accessible and appealing to young students. The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition encourages students to unlock their potential by engaging with STEM early.
The competition is open to Years 8 and 9 students in Australia, and Years 9 and 10 students in New Zealand across seven locations.
What to expect
Entry for the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition is free, and using materials supplied by Aurecon, students are tasked with designing and constructing a model bridge using the construction guidelines provided. Judging days take place in September, and all competitors are invited to gather at venues across Australia and New Zealand where bridges are load tested and assessed for visual appeal, workmanship, creativity and functionality.
There is also an optional digital component where teams are encouraged to use a digital tool, AutoCAD, SketchUp Make or SketchUp Free to design their bridges before they start construction. Digital submissions are tested before judging day and the winner is announced along with the winners of the physical bridge competition.
Your school's chance to win!
Along with a fun-filled competition day, students and schools have a chance to win great prizes across five award categories:
- All-rounder award – for the bridge with the highest score across categories
- Strength award – for the bridge that can hold the most load
- Efficiency award – for the bridge with the best strength-to-weight ratio
- Innovation award – for the bridge with the most creative design
- Digital award – for the best digital wireframe design for strength
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