Raleigh -The winners of this year's 16th Annual NCDOT Model Bridge
Building Competition have been announced. In the high school category,
top honors went to Franklin Academy High School of Wake Forest. In the middle
school category, Polk County Middle School came in first. Both schools won in their respective
categories last year as well.
The finals were held in the
Department of Transportation auditorium in Raleigh.
"Our NCDOT Model Bridge building
Competition gives students an opportunity to construct and apply mathematical
ideas and principles taught in their classroom," said Gail Herring, program coordinator
Contestants were judged not only on
the structural efficiency of their wooden model bridge, but on oral
presentations, written reports and design drawings.
The object of the competition was to
design, construct and test the most structurally efficient model truss
bridge. It is also designed to create a
greater awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering & math)
education and its relationship to careers provided by NCDOT.
Final Standings are as follows:
Place:Franklin Academy High School of Wake
Second Place:CamTech High School of Camden
Third Place:North Moore High School of Robbins
Fourth Place:Polk County High School of Columbus
Place:Polk County Middle School
of Mill Springs
Second Place: Beaufort Middle Schoolof Beaufort
Third Place:Westmoore Elementary School of
Fourth Place:Neal STEM Academy of Engineering &
Design of Durham
The teams coming in first place
received $500 checks for their school, second place teams will received $400,
third place $300 and 4th place $200.