AVRTHS students win bridge design contest
Region – Students from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School’s (AVRTHS) pre-engineering classes fared quite well at the recent 18th Annual BSCES/MassPEP
Model Bridge Competition held in Boston. The Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) partners with the Massachusetts Pre-engineering Program (MassPEP) to invite students to build a bridge, given certain parameters and materials. This year’s entry had to be constructed using Starbucks coffee stirrers (generously donated by the Starbucks at Huntington Plaza in Boston), and Elmer’s white glue.
Twenty-two teams of high school students from around the area spent months designing and constructing their masterpieces, knowing they would eventually be judged and tested for strength, aesthetics, and efficiency.
Placing first in the overall weight category, holding a weight of 254 pounds, was a team from AVRTHS comprised of Adam Rowe of Marlborough, Gary Petrie of Hudson, and Wyatt Doyle of Clinton.
“We’re not even sure how much it would actually hold,” exclaimed Rowe. “They ran out of weights to put on the test scale, so it never was compromised at all.”
Ranking third in the Aesthetics category was another AVRTHS team comprised of Shane Bufton of Clinton, Joel Sylvester of West Boylston, Zach Stewart of Shrewsbury, and Zach Downing and Ryan Doyle, both from Clinton.
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