West Point launches 2011 Bridge Design Contest
January 13, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 12, 2011) -- In response to the President's "Educate to Innovate" program and the nation's call to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the U.S Military Academy's Center for STEM Education is excited to announce the launch of the 2011 West Point Bridge Design Contest.
The purpose of this high technology, interactive, Internet-based competition is to provide middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering through designing structurally accurate bridges using an award winning software program.
The contest website is at http://bridgecontest.usma.edu.
The qualifying round of the contest runs through Feb. 25.
Anyone may enter, but only U.S. students ages 13 through grade 12 are eligible to compete for prizes. Students may compete individually or in teams of two. Participation is free.
Each member of the winning team will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and each finalist will receive a notebook computer.
Contestants may submit as many designs as they wish. Teachers and engineering professionals who wish to run a local bridge design contest in conjunction with the national competition can refer to the website for instructions.
The U.S. Military Academy provides this contest as a service to education and as a tribute to the academy's more than 200 of service to the U.S.