The N.C. Department of Transportation
invited 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 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.The regionals were held at four locations across the state on Friday, March 27, and the winners below have advanced to the finals on April 17 in Raleigh:Region One:Middle School -Beaufort Middle School of BeaufortHigh School -CamTech High School of CamdenRegion Two:Middle School -Neal STEM Academy of Engineering and Design of DurhamHigh School -Franklin Academy High School of Wake ForestRegion Three:Middle School -Westmoore Middle School in SeagroveHigh School-North Moore High School in RobbinsRegion Four:Middle School Winner: Polk County Middle School, Mill Spring, NCHigh School Winner: Polk County High School, Mill Spring, NCThe first place winners in last year's competition were Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest and Polk County Middle School in Mills Springs.This competition is intended to get students excited about STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The objectives of the competition are to encourage students to pursue engineering careers and ultimately lead them to positions with NCDOT.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.