PLCC Engineering Students Sweep Bridge Building Competition

On Friday, January 25, thirty-four teams, representing seventeen Summit County schools gathered at the University of Akron to build miniature bridges of their own designs, made out of balsa wood and according to strict guidelines.

Congratulations to Don Ellesin and his senior engineering students who were named Champions of the 13th Annual Summit County Engineer Bridge Building Contest. PLCC Team 1 came in first place by constructing a bridge that held 58.1 pounds. PLCC Team 2 also claimed first place with the Aesthetics Award.

The contest is designed to encourage high school students to implement scientific and mathematical principles they have learned in the classroom. After about three hours of construction, the bridges were brought up on a stage to be load tested until they ultimately break.

The winning members of PLCC Team 1 were Howard Eubank, Chad Robertson and Jared Williams.

Jake Logan, Garrett Masters and Evan Schoonover made up PLCC Team 2.

In addition to being named Champions, each student that participated was awarded a cash prize and they are also eligible for the MBBC College Scholarship.