Sponsored by the West Virginia Division of highways, the APPALACHIAN transportation institute, Bridgewalk, The First Energy foundation, and The west Virginia Department of Education


All West Virginia students in grades 6-12 are eligible to enter the contest! Register, download the Bridge Design 2020 software, and design a bridge that passes the simulated load test. The goal is for your bridge to be as inexpensive as possible.


The top individuals/teams will advance to the Finals at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Finalists will be mailed a kit that they will use to build a balsa bridge that they will bring to the Finals to be load tested to determine the strength-to-weight ratio.


ALL Finalists will be awarded cash prizes! Win even more money by placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in one (or both!) of the two contests: Bridge Design and Balsa Bridge Building. There is also a prize for the Most Aesthetic Bridge. Finalists will win between $100 and $400+!