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.
- 2023 Bridge Competition Rules and Specifications
- 2023 BNL Model Bridge Competition Inspection Report
Bridge Building Participants
Bridges must be brought to Brookhaven National Laboratory's Science Learning Center between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on one of the qualification dates listed on this page. At qualifications, the bridges will be inspected by lab staff to determine if all specifications have been met.
Join the Competition & Awards Ceremony
This year's contest will be held in-person at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Science Learning Center on March 30, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. If you cannot join us that day, a video of the bridge testing will be available on the Brookhaven Lab YouTube channel a few weeks after the contest.
There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as an aesthetic award for bridge design.
The first and second place bridges in this BNL regional contest will be entered into the International Contest which will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, April 29, 2023. The winner of the International Contest will receive a 1/2 tuition scholarship to Illinois Institute of Technology.
This scholarship is subject to the student applying and meeting all regular IIT admission criteria.
|December 19, 2022||Registration opens|
|March 3, 2023||Registration closes|