The Three Bridgeteers

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15 October 2019

students being awarded first prize for building the strongest bridgeMount St Joseph Girls’ College, Altona, was chosen to host this year’s Aurecon Bridge Building Competition: an engineering challenge for secondary schools across Australia and New Zealand.

Students Augustina, Tam and Sarvleen represented the college in the 2019 competition and were awarded first prize for building the strongest bridge. As part of the reward, they received $500 for their school.

In the challenge, the students were given a set of specifications and used them to build the strongest bridge possible.

‘This year we were up against 42 other colleges in Victoria. Augustina, Tam and I worked together to design a bridge using the provided materials, which included balsa wood, string and glue’, said Sarvleen.

The Three Bridgeteers, as the students named their team, built the ‘Royal Trust Bridge’ which weighed less than 200 grams yet held 85.6 kilograms.

Their teacher, Thy Nguyen, supported them throughout the competition and organised for Mount Saint Joseph Girls’ College to host the event.

‘We were very happy about our achievement, which was a great improvement from last year when our bridge only held 44 kilograms’, Sarvleen added.