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Annual Bridge Building Contest

Registration will be available soon.


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 Contest

High School Students/teachers interested in Mathematics, Physics, Research, and Engineering.


There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as an aesthetic award for bridge design. 1st and 2nd place bridges will be mailed to the International Bridge Contest by the Brookhaven Science Associates LLC to participate in the competition held in a new location every year.

Rules & Eligibility Criteria

High school students from Suffolk and Nassau counties, Long Island, NY.

Information for Teachers

December Teacher Workshop: In addition to the contest, we offer an informational workshop for teachers on December 14, 2017, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM. This workshop will include a review of the specifications, tips and tricks for better bridge building, and a question and answer session with the BNL engineers that judge the contest.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please send a request to Susan Frank ( by December 1, 2017 to participate.

High school students from Long Island submit their bridges to the ultimate pressure test, and compete to take part in a national contest!

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Last Modified: November 21, 2017