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Patchogue-Medford Students Win Two Top Prizes in Brookhaven Lab’s Model Bridge Building Contest

Julie Ann Soeder

Click on the image to download a high-resolution version. First place winner Julie Ann Soeder

UPTON, NY — Patchogue-Medford High School students won the top two spots in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s 2010 Model Bridge Building Contest. More than 60 high school students from eight Suffolk County schools entered the competition, for which they designed and built model basswood bridges with the goal of making the lightest bridge that held the most weight.

Julie Ann Soeder took first place with a bridge that weighed 25.25 grams and held 29,882.66 grams, 1,185.81 times its own weight. Alec Lovascio placed second, with a bridge that weighed 29.78 grams and held 25,278.70 grams, 848.84 times its weight.

Bryan Choi from Elwood/John Glenn High School was the third-place winner with a bridge that weighed 27.66 grams and withstood 21,862.68 grams, 790.58 times its weight. Nick Wilson of Walt Whitman High School won the aesthetic prize for designing the most attractive bridge.

Brookhaven Lab’s Office of Educational Programs coordinated the Model Bridge Building Contest. The first- and second-place winners are eligible to enter the International Bridge Building Contest, which will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 1, 2010.

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