Lincoln-Way Central students participate in annual Bridge Building Competition
Thursday, December 28, 2017

In mid-December, Lincoln-Way students from all three schools began participating in the annual Bridge Building Competition. Students placed weight onto each bridge to test its strength, allowing the contest to recognize individuals who could best design, construct and test the most efficient bridge within given specifications. Efficiency is determined by dividing the mass held by the mass of the bridge. All students are encouraged to participate regardless of grade level.

At Lincoln-Way Central, 90 participants competed in the competition on December 13.

The first place Knight winner was Joe Fulkerson, a senior in engineering physics. Fulkerson’s bridge had an efficiency of 1833. His bridge had a mass of 22.8 grams (approximately the mass of four nickels) but held a whopping 41.8 kilograms (approximately 92 pounds). The efficiency number of 1833 indicates that the bridge held 1833 times its own mass. Students who took second through fifth place were: Sydney Samoska (1207 efficiency), Dan Clark (1201 efficiency), Casey Dudek (1167 efficiency), and Will Lester (1134 efficiency). Students who placed first through fourth are entitled to represent Lincoln-Way Central at the regional contest held at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on January 23, 2018.

“Congratulations to all the students who built and broke their bridges this year; we are very proud of all your hard work and engineering creativity,” said Science Department Chair Sarah Highfill.