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February 18, 2000

Model Bridge Contest to be Held at Brookhaven Lab, Feb. 26

EVENT: A great photo opportunity is available with the testing of model bridges designed and built by Suffolk County high school students for the 2000 BNL Model Bridge Contest. Media representatives are invited to attend. Well over 300 students, parents and teachers will be present and available for interviews. The event is closed to the general public because of space limitations.

WHEN: Saturday, February 26, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Berkner Hall, Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Lab is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.

DETAILS: Over 300 high school students from 23 schools in Suffolk County have entered the 2000 Model Bridge Contest. (Attached is a list of schools that have entered students in the contest.) The students designed and constructed model bridges according to certain size and weight
specifications, with the goal being to build the lightest bridge that supports the most weight. Materials were restricted to basswood and glue.

The bridges will be tested by Brookhaven engineers, using a machine called a stress tester. The bridges are approximately 15 inches long, three inches wide and five inches high, yet they weigh less than two ounces. Some are very intricate and attractive.

The first- and second-prize winners will be eligible to enter the 2000 International Bridge Building Contest, which will be held in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in May.

The contrast between the delicate basswood bridges and the machinery used to test them provides excellent visuals. Students, parents and teachers will be present for the testing, and the media are invited to attend.

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Schools Entering BNL Model Bridge Contest 2000

Center Moriches High School
Commack Middle School
Comsewogue High School
Deer Park High School
Earl L. Vandermulen High School
East Islip High School
Half Hollow Hills High School East
Harborfields High School
Hauppauge High School
Huntington High School
John Glenn High School
Kings Park High School
Longwood JHS
Miller Place High School
Mount Sinai High School
Patchogue-Medford High School
Riverhead High School
Rocky Point High School
Shelter Island School
Saint Anthony's High School
Walt Whitman High School
Ward Melville High School
Westhampton Beach High School

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