ASCE Student Chapter
Balsa Wood Bridge Building Contest

Contact Person: Justin Trevino, Freshmen, Civil Engineering. jt230@evansville.edu

 

Every year, the University of Evansville ASCE Student Chapter sponsors a balsa wood bridge building contest for area elementary, middle, and high school students. Bridges are built by the students and load tested as a part of the National Engineer's Week Celebration.


Last Year RESULTS

 

Evansville Museum
441 SE Riverside Drive
Evansville, IN 47713

The bridges are displayed and loaded to failure. The bridges will be scored and ranked by their efficiency (load to weight ratio). Awards will be given in each division:

  • Div I - Grades K-5
  • Div II - Grades 6-8
  • Div III - Grades 9-12

In addition, a scholarship will be given to the high school Junior with the highest ranking bridge.


Rules and Material Pick-up

 

The registration fee of $15 for individuals and $25 for a team of two covers the cost of the wood and a T-shirt for each participant. Registration fees are payable on Pick-Up day.

EXAMPLE PICTURES AND TIPS FOR BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

VIDEOS ON RULES, ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES, AND CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

Details

  • Students may participate individually or in teams of two.
  • Materials to be used will be provided on Pick-up Day
  • Rules(.pdf) will also be provided on Pick-up Day
  • ASCE members will be available to answer questions

Details(.pdf) were mailed to schools in October.

Please complete and bring the waiver form with you to the competition.

For more information about the Balsa Wood Bridge contest, please contact the planning committee at balsawoodbridgecompetition@gmail.com.