Held at the Science Center of Iowa (SCI), in Des Moines, SCI is known to emphasize less on what to learn and more on how to learn. This aim is why SCI’s 110,000 square-foot creative lifelong learning center is the perfect venue for this year’s bridge competition.
With the continued goal of furthering student learning in engineering concepts, exposing students to team-building activities, and developing critical thinking and leadership skills, the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) and Iowa State University’s (ISU’s) Institute for Transportation (InTrans) came together to “build the competition”—or, in other words, further stimulate interest in STEM education.
But that’s the why. What about the when and who? Save the date, because the competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 7. Price of admission to watch the bridge testing and awards ceremony is $12, the general admission to the SCI.
Groups, ranging from two to four participants to even families, will have three hours to build their own bridge (materials will be provided). Awards for bridge efficiency, most innovative bridge, and teamwork will be given out after the construction is complete.
Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to meet and converse with professionals in the field—engineers and scientists from InTrans—about what they do, how they do it, and how they got where they are now.
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