Bremen High School District 228’s Industrial Technology Department held its first District Bridge Break Off this month. Highlighting students (and curriculum) from its Mechanics and Technology classes, the Industrial Technology Department met at Hillcrest High School to see who could design the most efficient bridge. Efficiency is determined by comparing the weight of the bridge structure to the amount of weight the bridge could hold before collapse.
Each school sent four students (top two from each class) to represent their respective classes and school. Representatives were chosen by having individual class competitions using the same rules as the final competition. Once the finalists were chosen, they built a new bridge to use in the final competition.
In final competition all bridges were weighed and then loaded with weight. Under competition rules the bridge had to hold the weight for ten seconds. At the end of the ten seconds, the bridge was deemed stable and additional weight was loaded in. Upon collapse the final weight added was removed and the remaining weights were weighed.
Upon the conclusion of the individual weighing the champions were crowned. The winning student also won a pizza party for his or her classroom.