Bridge Contest Competitors

The Regional Bridge Building contest was held Tuesday, February 6th, at Illinois Institute of Technology. There were just over 50 bridges from over 15 schools entered in the contest, which was broken into two regions, Suburbs and the City of Chicago. In the Suburbs Region, Lincoln-Way East took 1st, 3rd, 4th and 9th. 

Lincoln-Way East students Jacob Werner, Madelyn Meseck, RJ Mensching and Anthony Mazziotta Finished 1st , 3rd , 4th , and 9th place respectively. 

Jacob Werner’s bridge won the contest with an efficiency of 3588. His bridge had a mass of around 12 grams (about the mass of 2 nickels) and held 45 kg (about 100 pounds). The winning bridge is determined by efficiency. The equation for efficiency is the mass held divided by the mass of the bridge. Efficiency states that the bridge held 3588 times its own mass. Jacob also had the highest efficiency in both regions. Jacob Werner is now eligible to represent Lincoln-Way East at the International Bridge Building Contest. The International Contest will be held in New Philadelphia, Ohio on April 27th .