Engineers stage student bridge-building contest

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Students interested in a career in engineering or construction are invited to participate in the annual Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Bridge Building Competition.

Hosted by the North Bay chapter, this year PEO has partnered with Canadore College to stage the event virtually.

The competition is intended to give students in grades 5 to 12 a chance to get away from their computers and engage in hands-on learning, problem-solving and design.

Contestants will be placed in one of two categories — grades 5-8 and grades 9-12 – and prizes will be awarded to the Top 5 students in each category.

Bridges must be constructed using only carpenter’s glue and the supplied balsa wood, which can be laminated, shaped and/or cut.

Student bridges will be loaded and tested for strength to determine the winners in a live-streamed event, to be held March 26 in Canadore College’s engineering lab.

A link will be provided to students upon registration.

There is no cost to register for the competition and the wood kits will be provided at no cost to the students. Once registered, the PEO chapter will arrange to have the balsa wood kits supplied to the competing students.

The deadline to register is March 10 and the deadline to submit completed bridges is March 24 prior to 4:30 p.m.

Students wishing to register are asked to email their name, school and grade to Jason Hanna, P.Eng., chair of the 2021 Bridge Building Competition at Northbaychapterpeoevents@gmail.com.

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