The N.C. Department of Transportation
invites all North Carolina middle and high schools to participate in its 16th annual Model Bridge Building Competition
. The contest is designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to apply their science, technology, engineering and math skills to a real-world scenario. The big winners in last year's competition were Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest and Polk County Middle School in Mills Springs."The goal of the competition is to hone student's math and science skills", said Gail Herring, program coordinator with NCDOT, "Hopefully it will encourage them to choose the transportation industry as a career."It is designed to create a greater awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and its relationship to transportation careers provided by NCDOT by providing an opportunity to use problem solving strategies and critical thinking, enhance communication skills, and apply research and presentation skills.The event features teams of students designing and building a model bridge. The bridges are tested by NCDOT engineers, with the engineers and representatives of engineering companies serving as the judges. Teams will first compete at the regional level in Winterville, Raleigh, Asheboro and Morganton on March 20, 2015. The finals will take place in Raleigh on April 17.There are two ways to register: Complete and submit a registration form at www.ncdot.gov/about/kids/BridgeComp Call 919-707-4442 to request a registration formThe deadline for registration is Wednesday, Dec. 31.To learn more about the competition check out the Model Bridge Building event video on YouTube, or contact event organizer Gail Herring via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 707-4442.