The West Virginia Bridge Design & Build Contest is a statewide contest intended to conduct outreach to middle school and high school students in the area of civil engineering. The contest primarily covers bridge design, but teams invited to the Finals will also have the opportunity to compete in a bridge building contest.
The Qualifying Round of the 2020 West Virginia Bridge Design & Build Contest will run from 8:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, 2020 until Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. To register for the contest, please click here. This will ensure that we have the correct information to contact finalists. You will then need to download the Bridge Designer 2020 Software and design a bridge that successfully passes the simulated load test, with the objective of building the lowest cost bridge possible. To officially enter the contest, upload your bridge design file here. You can see how your bridge compares to others on our Leaderboard, which is updated daily! There is no limit to the amount of designs you can submit!
Approximately the top 15 individuals/teams with the lowest cost designs will be invited to participate in the Finals that will take place tentatively on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Finalists will be notified by Thursday, March 9, 2020. The individuals/teams that accept their invitation to the Finals will receive two balsa wood kits, which will be mailed by April 13, 2020, one with colored balsa wood for a test bridge and one with unfinished balsa wood to construct their bridge that they will bring to the Finals.