Students can experience what it is like to be an engineer as they use math, science and technology to design real structures, when Middle School (Grades 7-9) and High School (Grades 9 – 12) students, guided by their teachers/coaches participate in the 2013 East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest on March 9 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
Rules and specifications for the 2013 East Tennessee Model Bridge Building Contest are a click away at www.amse.org The contest objective 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 top three Senior High winners each receive a trophy and cash award for themselves and their schools, while Middle School winners receive a trophy. A trophy is also presented to the winner of the Most Aesthetic bridge.
Build a winning model bridge and earn cash twice in an incentive program that rewards high school students and their high schools in the Senior High Division of the 2013 East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest. Cash awards for the top three Senior High model bridge builders are first place $150 to student and $150 to school; second place $100 to student and $100 to school and third place $50 to student and $50 to school. The Senior High first and second place winners advance to the International Bridge Building Contest at the Chicago Institute of Technology in the spring.
Students in the Middle School Division (Grades 7 – 9) and students in the Senior High Division (Grades 9 – 12) must pre-register their model bridge by March 1, according to the East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest specifications, rules and registration form available at www.amse.org or flyer available inside AMSE. Students in ninth grade can decide whether they want to compete in the Middle School or Senior High Division.
Sponsors of the East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest include the American Museum of Science and Energy, American Society of Civil Engineers, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and AMSE Foundation.
The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. AMSE admission is Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students (6 – 17) $3 and Children (5 and under) free. AMSE members are free. Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. AMSE memberships, good for 12 months from purchase date, are Family $40 Grandparents $35, Individuals $25 and Family & Friends $75. AMSE members receive unlimited museum visits and free admission to 250 museums that participate in the ASTC Passport Program. AMSE members receive discounts on Discovery Shop merchandise, discounts on classes, programs, events and birthday parties. For more information on AMSE memberships, exhibits, programs and events, go to www.amse.org To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at (865) 576-3200.
Contact: Lissa Clarke
Public Information Officer
American Museum of Science and Energy
Tel. (865) 576-3218
December 13, 2012