Lincoln-Way 210 Students Place High at Regional Bridge Building Contest
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Students in Lincoln-Way District 210 competed in the Regional Bridge Building contest on Tuesday, February 12th, at Illinois Institute of Technology.

There were about 80 bridges from more than 30 schools entered in the contest, which was broken into three regions, South Suburbs, North Suburbs and the City of Chicago.

In the South Suburbs Region, Lincoln-Way 210 had eight of the top 10 spots. Lincoln-Way East students Julian Bendy, Bryce Wyma, Melissa Bauer and Mark Zyskowski finished in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place respectfully.

Julian Bendy's bridge won the contest with an efficiency of 2920. His bridge had a mass around 14 grams (about the mass of 3 nickels) and held 42 kg (about 92 pounds). The equation for efficiency is the mass held divided by the mass of the bridge. Efficiency states that the bridge held 2920 times its own mass. Julian also had the highest efficiency in all three regions, winning the Garcher Trophy.

Julian Bendy and Bryce Wyma now are eligible to represent Lincoln-Way East at the International Bridge Building Contest held in Baltimore, Maryland on April 6th.

“It is great to see the students work on projects outside of the classroom and relate them to topics learned in the classroom,” said Lincoln-Way East science teacher Mike Murphy. “It was obvious from their designs and results, that these students devoted a lot of hard work and time into this project.”