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Students Participate in Nebraska Model Bridge Contest

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The Physics class from Ainsworth High School competed in the 39th Annual Nebraska Model Bridge Contest in Aurora, Nebraska on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  The contest was held at the Edgerton Explorit Center.  The class built three model bridges from basswood and glue meeting rigorous specifications including a roadway of 8 to 10 cm high at the center of the span, allowing for testing 3 cm one side of center or 6 cm the other side of center, and fitting a 1.5 inch PVC pipe on the roadway.  All of these requirements needed to be met without exceeding the 25 gram weight limit. 

Jacob Sinsel built a bridge that weighed 24.6 grams, held 50.3 pounds and placed 11th.  His bridge was selected to receive the second place Award of Merit for neat construction.  He received a cash prize.  Payton Allen and Kayla Witt built a bridge that weighed 24.1 grams, held 56.9 pounds and earned 10th place.  Claire Steinhauser built a 24.9 gram bridge that held 30.1 pounds and finished in 17th place.  Ainsworth placed sixth of the nine schools participating.  The winning bridge was from West Holt and held 110 pounds.  The Nebraska Model Bridge Contest is sponsored by the Engineers Club of Grand Island, the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers (NeSPE), the Midstate Chapter of NeSPE, and the Nebraska-Kansas Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation.