The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
Community Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 - 5:05:44 PM


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

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

A-St-Johns-Bridge.jpg
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

B-Anatol-Rodgers-Bridge.jpg
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.

C-SAC-Bridge.jpg
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

Community
Latest Headlines
Bahamas Pride Freedom Weekend Awards 65 Community Builders
Bahamas: Chinese national arrested at LPIA - 2002 green Honda vehicle stolen at gunpoint
RBPF Nassau: Overnight islandwide anti-crime operation nets 33 arrests -
Grand Bahama Traffic Fatality Suspect Convicted
Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture On the Passing of Samuel 'Sam' Haven
Bahamas Football Association mourns loss of Past President, Sam Haven
Bahamas Public Schools Administrators’ Workshop Held by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Bahamas Chamber Best in Business Awards Nominations Open
College of The Bahamas Scholars Give Back at BTC School Aid
Bahamas National Trust calling for all hands on deck!
C.R. Walker Senior High School Class of 2014 “Climbing the Mountain: Pursuing the Dream”
C.O.B. Faculty Urged to Leverage Skills in Achieving Sustainability
Nassau police arrest 4 suspects related to Mackey murder - Suspects arrested for 2 other murders
RBDF Denise Oliver and Shariff Turnquest complete training in Trinidad and Tobago
Red Rose Ball Charity Event returns to Grand Bahama, November 1, 2014‏
Local Activist Participates in U.S. State Department Professional Exchange and Reaffirms Commitment to Promote Human Rights for All Citizens
Royal Bahamas Police (RBPF) REPORTS
MP Khaalis E. Rolle Calls For Young Men to "Stop Seeking Identity From Guns and Violence
DEU and Exuma police arrest 3 for $511,000.00 worth of marijuana
FNM's Honoured in Grand Bahama
Abaco (Bahamas) Calendar of Events for 2014
Grand Bahama New Year's Junkanoo Parade
Join the Association of Bahamians in Canada
The Bahamas Weekly supports Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Become a Member of the Bahamas Humane Society - B Humane!
Bahamian Entrepreneur creates exclusive beauty experience at new chic nail bar in Nassau
Drug arrest made on Queen's Highway, Grand Bahama
BTC iVolunteers Prepare 400 Children for School Year at School Aid Event
Save The Bays Hits Milestone, 6,000+ Sign Petition
Grand Bahama's Monday traffic fatality victim identified
RBPF Nassau: Pinewood Gardens convenience store robbed - Man robbed of black 2000 Yamaha motorcycle - Shooting in Pinewood Gardens - Overnight arrests
LCIS Teachers Volunteer During Summer Break
RBPF Abaco: Fraud by false pretences, possession of fraud documents and uttering fraud documents
RBPF Grand Baham conducts community walkabout and traffic road check
Southern Shores Back 2 School Extravaganza
RBPF Nassau: Shooting victim dies in hospital - 2 shooting death victims identified - Murder & armed robbery arraignments
West End Eco-Fishing Camp is latest addition to Save The Bays
Infant perishes in house fire in Elizabeth Estates, Nassau
RBPF Nassau: 2-Day Islandwide anti-crime operation nets 43 arrests and 325 citations
36 yr old Grand Bahama male dead after motorbike and car collide