The West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest is a statewide contest intended to conduct outreach to middle school and high school students in the area of engineering, specifically civil engineering. The contest primarily covers computer-based bridge design, but teams invited to the Final Round will also compete in a balsa bridge building contest. Students can compete as individuals or in teams of two.
The WV Statewide Contest Qualifying Round runs from October 10, 2016 until March 15, 2017. In order to be entered into this contest, individuals must register at www.wvbridgedesignandbuildcontest.com. This will ensure that the correct contact information is available to select the finalists.
The top ranked teams entered in the WV Statewide Contest will be invited to participate in the Statewide Finals to take place on May 13, 2017 at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. It is anticipated that approximately 25 teams total will be invited from high school and middle school entries. The teams will be notified by March 31, 2017.
The teams that accept the invitation to the WV Statewide Finals will receive a balsa wood kit to construct a bridge and bring to the finals. The specific rules regarding the construction of the bridges, judging criteria, and testing procedure will be communicated when the kits are delivered.
For full contest details, click the button below to download a PDF of this year’s information packet: