The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
Community Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM

St. John’s College wins the Build-A-Bridge Battle
By Ministry of Education
May 20, 2011 - 11:41:17 AM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page

The St. John’s College Giants Inertia determination to recapture the Build-A-Bridge contest title paid as they defeated consecutive champions, St. Augustine’s College. They achieved the highest efficiency score which is determined by the weight of the bridge compared to its failure load. Pictured L-R is the winning team: Dr. Wazir. Abdool, Coach/Science Teacher; Aashiq Abdool, Seratara Wilkinson, Olmaide Olawoyin, Lynneice Charlton and Jason Thompson.

Nassau, Bahamas - St. John’s College dashed St. Augustine’s hope for a third consecutive victory in the Build-A-Bridge competition sponsored by Integrated Building Services held at The College of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, 5th May 2011. The contest which was first launched in 2004 featured tenth and eleventh grade students from sixteen private and public schools throughout The Bahamas competing to determine who can build the lightest bridge that can hold the greatest weight.

Students are provided with 300 regular Popsicle sticks and Elmer’s glue to construct their bridges and can use any other materials. The objective of the competition is to generate interest among high schools in the field of engineering. The competition is staged by a duo of young Bahamians, Nick Dean and Kevin Sweeting, of Integrated Building Services

Anatol Rodgers High School walked away with third place in the challenge

Mr. Ross Smith, District Superintendent in charge of High School Curriculum at the Ministry of Education spoke on behalf of the Minister of Education, The Honourable T. Desmond Bannister at the event. Mr. Smith told the budding engineers that they are venturing into an extremely disciplined field and not paying attention to details or cutting corners can cause grave consequences.

Mr. Smith further told the students about Mr. Thomas Heausler, an American Engineer and writer, who noted that “engineers get their glory through anonymity; that is, as long as their building stands firm”. He admonished them to become professionals that will be known for their integrity, adherence to standards and the welfare of your clients.

Prior to the competition, Anatol Rodgers High School had declared on Facebook that it would be victorious. It was the first school to have it bridge weighed and its weight of 137. pounds made it a contender to finish in the rankings. The organizers kept the audience in suspense by saving last year’s three top finishers C. C. Sweeting Senior High School, St. John’s College and St. Augustine College to be weighed last. Prior to this, bridge after bridge collapsed after being weighed with sand and weights, keeping Anatol ahead in the standings.

St. Augustine’s Big Red Machine took second place in the Build-A-Bridge Challenge

St. John’s College’s bridge took almost twenty minutes before it collapsed causing the defending champions to have doubts about retaining the title. St. Augustine’s however, came to win and demonstrated their experience in the competition by the building the strongest build. In the end St. John’s College was announced the winner having constructed the lightest build in proportion to its weight. St, Augustine’s finished second and Anatol Rodgers was third.

Organizers for the first time added an Aesthetics category to the contest. C. V. Bethel Senior High School was the winner of this segment followed by St. Andrew’s School, second and St. John’s College third.

Bookmark and Share

© Copyright 2011 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories

Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Latest Headlines
Scotiabank Sponsors Professional Development Courses at BTVI
Ports Supports The Bahamas AIDS Foundation
CIBC Firstcaribbean’s Fourth Walk For The Cure Raises The Bar
Mister and Mister Teen Bahamas set for December 13th
Atlantis donated $50,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross for Hurricane Relief
Grand Bahama Port Authority rate application published
Cruises Inc.® Partners with Sandals Foundation to Donate School Supplies in the Bahamas
Nassau Police Search for Suspects in 3 Armed Robberies
Bahamas Press Club presents Pioneer Awards
CIArb - Training future Arbitrators
Woman found dead after Cat Island house fire
ZONTA launches “Say No To Violence” Campaign 2016
6th Annual Sir Durward Knowles Festival of Lights Christmas Boat Parade Goes "Star Wars"
St. Andrew’s student wins $60,000 in scholarships for schooling in New York
Grand Bahama female arraigned on murder case - Dangerous drug arrest
Hundreds of trainees graduate from the National Training Agency programme in Grand Bahama
Rotary District Governor makes official visit to Abaco
Beauty and Brains joins the Bahamas National Trust for Climate Issues!
Grand Bahama Minister on the Passing of Hilary Jones
COB Sigmas promote entrepreneurship among college students, community
Scotiabank donates $10,000 to Hands for Hunger
PM Christie and Cabinet Ministers Pay Respects to the Late Leonard Butler in West End‏
RBPF wanted murder suspect James Gordon surrenders
Man found shot to death in vehicle in Caravel Beach, Grand Bahama
BFSB Recognises Stars of the Industry at Annual Awards Gala Dinner
Royal Bahamas Police solve 3 murder cases, suspects to appear in court today
RBPF Nassau: 5 in custody after 2 shootings - 5 other arrests / 27 citations
RBPF Nassau: Firearm recovered following a car chase, 4 suspects being sought - 4 males arrested for drug possession
Grand Bahama Power Co. recognizes outstanding employees
Bahamas Press Club holds black tie awards ceremony
3 Bahamians arrested in large drug bust off South Beach - 5 illegal firearms seized, 11 arrested
BTVI students queue to know their HIV status
Trinity Methodist Church to host annual Holiday Festival
Sunshine Finance to Sponsor 250 Urban Renewal Participants for ‘Race Weekend’
Bahamas Press Club to Honour Elieen Carron with Lifetime Achievement Award
Second Crew of GBPA Employees assists in Hurricane Joaquin Recovery
Press Club to honour Guardian's Ken Francis‏
Evensong Service at St. Agnes to honour Robert Love, 22 November‏
BFSB Announces Names of 6 Finalists for 2015 Student of the Year
Grand Bahamian Activist receives International Award