Model Bridge Club
Malden Catholic particpates each year in the Model Bridge Competition held at Northeastern University. Year after year, Malden Catholic students have won medals for the design and/or total load capacity of their bridges. Club members meet twice weekly from October until the competition.
The Model Bridge Competition is a jointly sponsored event by the BSCES Infrastructure Group and the Massachusetts Pre-Engineering Program (MassPEP) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Highway Department (MassHighway). This contest aims to provide students with hands-on experience working closely with structural engineers. Students from middle and high schools, from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, dedicate months of thought and hard work to envision, understand, design, construct, and test their model bridges. Volunteers from BSCES, MassPEP, MassHighway, high school teachers, and consulting practicing engineers serve as student mentors, school coordinators and teachers, judges, and event organizers. These mentors work at the schools a minimum of two hours per week through the months of November and January to assist the students in conceptualize, design, and then construct a model bridge of the specified material. All the students, along with the mentors and school teachers, gather on a Saturday in early February for the judging and testing of the structures. Awards are presented for aesthetics and strength categories at an awards luncheon during Engineers Week.
Moderator: Dr. Dave Chuckran email@example.com