Bridges by Scott Weeks, Florida Engineering Society

January 6, 2018

January Science Saturday was about “Bridges”. The presentation was led by civil engineer Scott Weeks and his colleagues from the Forest Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society (FES). Students designed bridges using paper and tissues boxes in the first activities and then straws and string in the final activity. They followed a set of design rules and then tested their bridges by seeing how many pennies each bridge could support. They used the results of their tests to improve their bridges. We appreciate the volunteers from FES (each of whom had been involved in the design of at least one real bridge) and the participation of high-school student volunteers from Forest, Vanguard, and Westport High Schools.