The West Virginia Bridge Design & Build Contest promotes STEM education and career exploration by providing middle school and high school students with a realistic, hands-on introduction to civil engineering. The contest is open to all 6-12 grade students enrolled in a West Virginia public, private, or home school.

The West Virginia Bridge Design & Build Contest aims to:

  • provide students with an opportunity to learn about the engineering design process
  • provide realistic, hands-on experience that will help students to understand how engineers design structure
  • demonstrate how engineers use the computer as a tool to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the design process
  • provide a tool for visualizing structural behavior—a tool that will help understand how structures such as truss bridges work
  • provide an opportunity for students to apply their bridge design skills by constructing a bridge from balsa wood material
  • have fun pitting problem-solving skills against those of other virtual bridge designers around the state

Dates for the 2020 West Virginia Bridge Design & Build Contest will be in announced in the late summer/early fall of 2019!

For media inquiries or more information, please contact advisory board member Tricia Ball at or (304) 696-5745.


Thank you to your 2019 West Virginia Bridge Design & Build Contest sponsors!