High school students are building bridges and STEM skills while participating in a bridge design competition.
In Oklahoma, more than 20 student teams took part in the Student Impact Bridge Competition. Their challenge was to design a bridge for one of two proposaIs: replace the Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Quebec, or develop a pedestrian bridge over the Rio Grande River between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juaroz in Mexico.
The competition brought a 10 week pilot program sponsored by the California based Engineers Alliance for the Arts and the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance to a close.
“We’re trying to encourage students to choose STEM professions and career paths,” said Annie Tyndall, a spokeswoman for the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance. “This shows them that it will be hard and a struggle but that it’s worth it to be in a profession like engineering or architecture.”
“Students see famous people and careers on TV like athletes and actors, and that’s what they strive for,” Tyndall continued. “This helps show them there are a wide variety of STEM professions out there.”