Physics bridge challenge results

Students participating in the physics department's bridge challenge had to use ingenuity, creativity and their knowledge of science to win this competition, held Nov. 16. Details, results and photographs...

The team of Matt Edds, David Eng and Kelly Swan won the competition, representing Pranab Das’ Physics 113 class. Their bridge held 11.4 kilograms of weight.

Teams had to construct a bridge at least 100 centimeters long using no more than 100 popsicle sticks, an “S” hook and glue. The “S” hook was placed in the middle of the bridge, from which a bucket was suspended. San was added to the bucket until each bridge collapsed.

A total of 10 teams participated in the competition, which was sponsored by the Society of Physics Students. Finishing in second place was the team of Greg Gallant, Brad Stuart, Dan Duncan and Sean Criley from Martin Kamela’s Physics 113 class. Their bridge held 8.1 kg. The third place team was Lisa Chamberlin and Stpehen Kovach from Kyle Altmann’s Physics 113 class, whose bridge withstood 5.6 kg before falling.