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NCDOT Hosts Build-A-Bridge Competition

Editor's Note:Due to inclement weather, the NCDOT Bridge Building Competitionsin Regions 2, 3, 4have been rescheduled until next Friday,March 14.

RALEIGH -Some say it's a cross between an engineering and an architectural competition. A little bit of art and a lot of science and math. The N. C. Department of Transportation's annual bridge building competition is just the type of matchup that makes NCDOT engineers wish they were in school again.

On Friday, March 7 (Friday, March 14 for regions 2, 3 4)middle and high school students across the state will show off their brain power by taking part in a model bridge building competition in four regional competitions statewide.

The event is designed to create a greater awareness of careers in transportation, construction, engineering and other services provided by the NCDOT. It's also a method to help students make the connection between what is taught in the classroom and how science and math lessons translate into future careers.

Working in teams, students brainstormed ideas, designed a bridge diagram, constructed the model and will now present their ideas to a panel of judges.

The competitions will take place in four regions across the state starting at 9 a.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Region 1Pitt Community CollegeGoess Building, Room 1381986 Pitt Tech RoadWinterville, NC 28590

Region 2NCDOT Transportation Building1 South Wilmington StreetRaleigh, NC 27699

Region 3Randolph Community College629 Industrial Park AvenueAsheboro, NC 27205

Region 4Collett Street Recreation Center200 Collett StreetMorganton, NC 28655

One middle and high school team from each region will advance to the state final competition Friday, April 11, in Raleigh at the NCDOT Transportation Building, 1 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC.

For more information, contact Gail Herring, Program Coordinator @919.707.4442 or email gherring@ncdot.gov.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM

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