The Department of Energy is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the United States. In light of developing circumstances and growing concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Brookhaven National Laboratory's Annual Bridge Building Competition will be held virtually!
The construction and testing of model bridges promotes the study and application of principles of physics and engineering and it also helps students develop "hands on" skills. Through participating, students get a flavor of what it is to be an engineer, designing structures to a set of specs and then seeing them perform their function.
Audience for This Competition
This competition is suitable for High School students and teachers interested in mathematics, physics, research, and engineering.
Rules & Eligibility Criteria
High school students from Suffolk and Nassau counties, Long Island, NY.
- 2021 Bridge Competition Rules and Specifications
- 2021 BNL Model Bridge Competition Inspection Report
Bridge Building Participants
Where to Drop-off Your Bridges
Bridges must be dropped off at Brookhaven’s Main Gate on the qualification dates and times listed on this page.The bridges will then be inspected by BNL staff the following week to determine if all specifications have been met.
Join the Competition Remotely
A Zoom connection link to the Bridge Competition will be posted here prior to the start of the event.
- 2020 Bridge Building Competition
- Bridge Building Tips
- How to Build a Winning Bridge
- Model Bridges Being Tested During a Competition
There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as an aesthetic award for bridge design.
|December 1, 2020||Registration opens|
|February 26, 2021||Registration closes|