THE FOURTH ANNUAL WEST POINT BRIDGE DESIGN CONTEST IS UNDERWAY!
The United States Military Academy is pleased to offer the fourth annual West Point Bridge Design Contest. The purpose of this Internet-based competition is to provide middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. The contest website is at the web address shown below.
Anyone may enter the contest, but only U.S. students age 13 through grade 12 are eligible to compete for prizes. Students may compete individually or in teams of two. Prizes include cash scholarships and notebook computers. Participation is FREE! The Qualifying Round of the contest runs from January 6 to February 28, 2005. To enter, students should:
Form a team.
Download and install the award-winning West Point Bridge Designer software, available for free from the contest website.
Use this software to design a bridge.
Return to the contest website to register and to upload the bridge design for judging. The website will provide immediate feedback about the contestantsí current standing.
During the Qualifying Round, contestants may submit as many designs as they wish. At the end of the Qualifying Round, the top 10 teams from each of the four contest zones will advance to the Semi-Final Round on March 12, 2005. The top five semi-finalists will compete in the Final Round on April 8, 2005. For more information, including the official contest rules, see the contest website.
The U.S. Military Academy provides this contest as a service to education-- and as a tribute to the Academy's two hundred years of service to the United States of America.
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