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This event is a hands-on engineering competition aimed to engage students interested in the math, science, and engineering fields. The program is designed to encourage middle school and high school students to address real-world problems and inspire them to consider careers in transportation and civil engineering. Students will use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3-D modeling software to design and detail plans for a truss bridge. Students will use their design to create a balsa wood model. Participants will develop a portfolio and PowerPoint presentation outlining their design. Their bridge models will also be tested on the day of the competition. The Delaware Bridge Design Competition and all associated software and materials are FREE to all participating students. For more information, see the Delaware Bridge Design Competition Guidelines below.

Note: Video from the 2019 Bridge Design Competition

Schedule

The health and safety of our volunteers and all participants are paramount. Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2022 Bridge Design Competition will be held virtually.

  1. May 19th Virtual Competition Day
  2. April 28th by 5pm Proposals Due
  3. May 16th to 18th Bridge Collection (To be coordinated with schools)

Please feel free to contact us about any other outreach activities you may have planned. Our engineers will gladly speak to students about bridges, engineering, or STEM in general. Contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Registration

We are taking a different approach with registration for this year’s competition. In an attempt to simplify and streamline the process, teachers will fill out the registration by clicking the link below. The link will open a new tab where schools can register each of their participating students and teams. Teachers will be able to register all participating students/teams by simply filling out the appropriate information on the site. If you have any questions in regards to registration, please reach out to Nicholas Dean (contact information provided below).

Bridge Design Competition Registration

Design/Build Challenge

    Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've decided to reduce the three groups of competition grades into two, middle school and high school. Please refer to the competition guidelines for further information.

  • Supplies Provided
    • Balsa Wood
    • Wood Glue
    • Model Smart 3D Software
    • Teacher's Guide CD
    • MicroStation V8i Software
  • *See Guidelines for Items Specific to Your Design/Build Challenge*
  • Awards
    • Top 3 finishers at EACH grade-level will receive scholarship money donated by the Delaware Bridge Design Competition Sponsors.
    • All Participants will receive:
      • Participation Medals
      • MetalEarth 3-D Bridge Model
      • Assorted DelDOT gear

Internship Opportunities

If you are a junior or senior in high school and are specifically interested in an internship position with The Delaware Department of Transportation Bridge Design section, please contact Sean Weaver sean.weaver@delaware.gov   for more information.

Internship Application

Resources

News


    The 2022 Bridge Competition will be held virtually this year. Refer to this tab for further updates

    • May 19th – Virtual Competition Day
    • April 28th by 5pm – Proposals Due
    • May 16th to 18th – Bridge Collection (To be coordinated with schools)

Sponsorships

ACEC Logo
ASHE Logo
University of Delaware Logo
Pennoni Logo

FAQs

+ Is it possible to have a team of less than three members? What about more than three members?

Schools should strive to create teams of 3 students,however the Delaware Bridge Design  Competition is an inclusive event and will accommodate teams of 2 or 4 as well. Teams can be no   larger than 4 students. 

+ What happens if a team member is no longer able to participate?

If a team member must withdraw from their team, please contact us immediately. Depending on the time of withdrawal, the team may be able to add a replacement member to their team.

+ What happens if an entire team is no longer able to participate?

If an entire team is unable to participate, please contact us immediately. Depending on the time of withdrawal, the school may incur a penalty for failing to compete after a registration.

+ Are the teams/school responsible for picking up the supply kits?

The material kits will be shipped to registered schools by the specified date on the Bridge Design Competition web page. Additionally, there is no required payment from teams or schools to receive the material kits.

+ When will the supply kit arrive?

Please visit the Bridge Design Competition web page under the Schedule tab for information on when material kits will be shipped. Standard shipping times of 5-10 business days can be applied to this date.

+ Can teams use their own tools and materials to construct the bridge?

Teams may only use materials included in the supplied material kit for construction of the bridge. Tools such as cutters, snips, and pins will be supplied, however teams may use their own tools to construct the bridge.

Previous Competitions


Contact Us

Nicholas Dean, P.E.  
Bridge Design Project Engineer
Delaware Department of Transportation
302.760.2318
Gus Toussaint  
Bridge Design Project Engineer
Delaware Department of Transportation
302.760.2493
Paul Huhn  
Bridge Design Project Engineer
Delaware Department of Transportation
302.760.2396
Sean Weaver  
Bridge Design Project Engineer
Delaware Department of Transportation
302.760.2320


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