On Friday 4th December teams of students from each house spent a day off timetable to compete in an exciting competition. The challenge was to build a model bridge that would hold as much weight as possible, span a distance of a scaled river without disturbing any of the natural river life, and look aesthetically pleasing to its users. Each team prepared for the event during their Academic Review time earlier that week, and many came with ideas and possible designs to discuss.
They worked extremely hard throughout the day and each created presentation board of research and design work and a completed bridge. The teams all participated in the presentation and then tested their bridges against each other in a nail biting competition in which many of the bridges were destroyed. Teams placed large weights on the bridges to see what they could sustain.
All of the bridges collapsed except for the final two, Wellington and Madrid who built exceptionally strong structures. The teams demonstrated excellent team work and enthusiasm, creating dynamic and convincing sales pitches for their bridges. Their research was well developed and evident in their designs. Mr Golding said “I have seen this kind of competition before but these designs are fantastic. I think they are some of the best I have ever seen!”. A huge congratulations to the winning team ‘Wellington’ who managed to nudge in front of Madrid with an excellent presentation, and to all the participants for an excellent event.