Oak Ridge, Chaffee, Perryville schools win MoDOT’s 18th Annual Bridge Building Competition

Judges test the strength of one of the entries in MoDOT's 2021 Bridge Building Competition in 2021.

(KBSI) – Several students from southeast Missouri won the MoDOT bridge building competition.

Southeast Missouri high school students put their bridges to the test Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Missouri Department of Transportation’s 18th Annual Bridge Building Competition.

This competition challenges high school juniors and seniors to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials of 15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.

After weeks of work to build the most efficient model bridges, Southeast Missouri high school students put their bridges to the test today (Dec. 9) at the completion of MoDOT’s 18th Annual Bridge Building Competition. The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials—15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.

Oak Ridge High School, Chaffee High School and Perryville Area Career and Technology Center received first, second and third place for best overall performance, respectively. These schools received cash prizes donated by the SE Chapter Transportation Employee Association of Missouri.

Five students were recognized for building the lightest bridges that carried the greatest loads.

1st – Jiliyan Hobeck – Oak Ridge
2nd – Abby Cowell – Chaffee
3rd – Erin Urhahn – Oak Ridge
4th – Holden Johnston – Oak Ridge
5th – Carson Gihring – homeschooled from Oak Ridge

The SE Chapter Transportation Employee Association of Missouri, Three Rivers College and the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety donated prizes and supplies for the competition.

MoDOT also partnered with Arkansas State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Southern Illinois University to offer seniors interested in civil engineering up to $10,000 in scholarships.

The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety partnered with the Bridge Building Competition team to offer participating high school students a chance to win prizes by taking the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge. Tap here to learn more about the BUPD challenge.

Tap here to view the videos of the bridges in the competition.

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