February 27, 2001


Model Bridge Contest to be Held at Brookhaven Lab, March 10


EVENT:  A great photo opportunity is available with the testing of model bridges designed and built by Suffolk County high school students for the 2001 Brookhaven National Laboratory Model Bridge Contest. Media representatives are invited to attend. Well over 200 students, parents and teachers will be present and available for interviews. The event is closed to the general public because of space limitations.  

Some winners from the 2000 Bridge Contest.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 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 24 schools in Suffolk County have entered the 2001 Model Bridge Contest.  (Attached is a list of participating schools.) 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 first- and second-prize winners will be eligible to enter the 2001 International Bridge Building Contest, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, in April.     

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.

Participating Schools

  • Bellport High School , Brookhaven

  • Center Moriches High School , Center Moriches

  • Commack High School , Commack

  • Commack Middle School , Commack

  • Deer Park High School , Deer Park

  • Earl L Vandermeulen High School , Port Jefferson

  • Elwood/John Glenn High School , Elwood

  • Half Hollow Hills High School East , Dix Hills

  • Half Hollow Hills High School West , Dix Hills

  • Hauppauge High School , Hauppauge

  • Huntington High School , Huntington

  • Islip High School , Islip

  • Longwood High School , Middle Island

  • Longwood JHS , Middle Island

  • Mount Sinai High School , Mount Sinai

  • Patchogue-Medford High School , Medford

  • Riverhead High School , Riverhead

  • Rocky Point High School , Rocky Point

  • Sayville High School , West Sayville

  • Shelter Island High School , Shelter Island

  • St. Anthony's High School , South Huntington

  • Walt Whitman High School , Huntington Station

  • Ward Melville High School , Setauket

  • Westhampton Beach High School , Westhampton Beach