Contact: Diane Greenberg, or Mona S. Rowe

Mailed 2/17/98





Testing of model bridges designed and built by Suffolk County high school students for the 1998 BNL Model Bridge Contest. Media representatives are invited to attend. Although students, parents and teachers will be present, the event is closed to the general public because ofspace limitations.


Saturday, February 28, from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m.


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.


Over 250 high school students from 24 schools in Suffolk County have entered the 1998 Model Bridge Contest. They were required to design and construct 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 six inches high, yet they weigh only about one and a half ounces. Some are very intricate and attractive.

The first- and second-prize winners will be eligible to enter the 1998 International Bridge Building Contest, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2.

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. The event is not open to the general public.