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Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

12/08/2015

​The NRHS Hawk’s Bridge Building teams spent a great day in Gladstone on Friday, 7 August. The CQUniversity campus was the venue for the Aurecon Bridge Building competition, run throughout Australia and New Zealand to encourage junior scientists to have a go at engineering. A kit containing prescribed materials and design constraints are provided for each team. They are then challenged to design and build a bridge to support the largest load possible.

Competitors came from all over the region, as far as Emerald and Maryborough. Everyone had great fun watching each bridge being tested until it broke. The load it could support was the main part of the competition, but points were also awarded for appearance, originality and team responses to the judges’ questions.

The year 8 team used an original design and discussed their planning and construction features with the judges in preparation for next year’s competition. The year 9 team would have liked more time to refine the construction of their bridge. It ended up supporting 8.9 kg, not bad for a first try. Both teams represented our school with style, manners and good sportsmanship. A big thank you to Mrs Keen who provided transport and support on the day.