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Deadline approaching for student National Bridge and Structure Competition

The National Bridge and Structure Competition occurs annually for students in seventh through 12th grades from states that participate in Transportation and Civil Engineering, or TRAC, and Roadways In Developing Elementary Students, or RIDES. Minnesota students qualify as it is a participating state.

These programs are educational outreach initiatives from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. The program offers hands-on activities introducing students to the work world of transportation and civil engineering and inspiring them to consider careers in those fields, a news release stated.

Basics of the competition

• There are three divisions: grades 7-8, 9-10, 11-12.

• Students form teams of up to three people. Each team needs to have an adult adviser. Each school can have up to five teams.

• Teams submit an application to the competition.

• Teams receive a bridge design kit.

• Teams make a design and proposal package and send it in to be judged.

• The top seven teams in each division nationally are invited to the association's spring meeting to compete against each other. The trip is paid for by the competition.

• Teams can win cash prizes.

Important competition dates

• Nov. 5: Team application deadline.

• Nov. 30: Kits shipped out.

• Feb. 19: Proposal deadline.

• March 18: Winners notified.

• May 20-22: Competition finals at spring meeting in Park City, Utah.

For competition guidelines and more information, visit https://tracrides.transportation.org/national-trac-bridge-challenge/.

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