The East Tennessee Model Bridge Building Contest winners in the Senior High Division were Bearden High in Knoxville earning the High Point Trophy, while the top three Senior High Division individual winners were a Luttrell homeschool student who received first place followed by two Bearden High students awarded the second and third place. The Junior High winners were two students ranked first and second place from Christ’s Legacy Academy in Athens and third place went to an Oak Ridge homeschool student on March 9 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
Students from Bearden High, Blackman High in Murfreesboro, Brentwood High in Brentwood, Oak Ridge High, Christ’s Legacy Academy and two homeschool students entered 113 model bridges; however, only 74 bridges qualified to be tested in the East Tennessee Model Bridge Building Contest at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
The objective of the East Tennessee Model Bridge Building Contest is to build a model bridge, according to prescribed size and weight specifications, that is capable of supporting the greatest load per unit of mass. The students entered their model bridges at AMSE, where engineers checked the model bridges for specific weight and dimension guidelines, before the model bridges were tested in the AMSE auditorium.
The top three Senior High winners receiving cash awards and a trophy were Martin Dickey, first place, $150 for this Luttrell homeschool student, with Dalton Chaffee, second place at $100 and Hayes Griffin, third place at $50, both students from Bearden High. Each school of the top three winners also received the same amount as the Senior High students. The top two winners, Martin Dickey and Dalton Chaffee, will advance to the International Bridge Building Contest on April 26 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. The High Point Trophy awarded for the team with the most bridges with the highest structural efficiency ratio from one school, went to Bearden High.
The top three Junior High winners each receiving a trophy were Clair Clark, first place and Alyona Moss, second place, both students at Christ’s Legacy Academy in Athens and Noah Hylton, third place, Oak Ridge homeschool student.
The top three winners of the Most Aesthetic Bridge were Madison Headrick, first place, Christ’s Legacy Academy; Lee Ratanaphom, second place, Blackman High and Josiah Chan, third place Oak Ridge High. All these students bridges qualified to be tested in the East Tennessee Model Bridge Building contest.
Sponsors of the East Tennessee Model Bridge Building Contest were the American Museum of Science and Energy, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, and the AMSE Foundation. The engineers staffing the event were Ken Fricke, Jim Tonne, Steve McDonald, Mark Eisenhauer, Dave Campbell and Robert Kennedy. Don Miller provided photography of the event and winners.
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