School of Discovery team wins regional bridge-building contest

KINSTON – Middle school students from Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen County won the regional contest Friday in the annual Model Bridge Building Competition held at the Global TransPark in Kinston.

Students work in teams, allowing them to also demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, communication, research and interpersonal skills. The teams were judged in four categories: written report, oral presentation, design drawing and the ability of their bridges to sustain weight.

The challenge of building a bridge out of balsa wood and having it sustain ever increasing amounts of weight was dramatic for students who watched in awe as scoops of sand were poured into a bucket supported by the bridges they built.

Beyond the physics involved, students also learn to work together as a group. Three other regions held similar contests across the state. They include: Raleigh, Asheboro and Morganton. The two winners of each region will face-off in a state-wide competition to be held in Raleigh on April 20.