Nebraska State Model Bridge Contest Results
The Distance Learning Physics class from Ainsworth and Rock County High Schools competed in the 40th Annual Nebraska Model Bridge Contest in Aurora, Nebraska on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The winning bridges are determined by their efficiency, which is calculated by dividing the weight the bridge held by the weight of the bridge itself. Five area students participated in this year’s contest. The students said they enjoyed being able to design and test their own ideas to see what worked best for the contest. Trial and error allowed them to learn from experience.
The class built and tested a total of 15 bridges during the unit. The maximum weight of the bridges was 25-grams (0.88 ounces). The range of weights held by the bridges in the contest ranged from 1.4 pounds up to 156.2 pounds. This year’s winning bridge was from Hastings, weighing 12.4 grams and holding 88.8 pounds.
Ben Arens, 5th place (held 156.2 pounds, reduced to 110 due to contest rules for calculations), also selected as the second place Most Unique design
Sam Wilkins, 8th place (held 92.7 pounds)
Jon Barrow, 10th place (held 41.4 pounds)
Riccardo Valletta (Rock County), 12 th place (held 25.1 pounds)
Tate Fernau, 16th place (held 13.6 pounds)
Ainsworth placed 3rd as a school
Rock County placed 6th as a school