various disciplines competed in this year's installment of what's
become a perennially popular feature on the November calendar
of special events. The rules are simple: using nothing but pasta,
carpenter's glue and their imaginations, teams design bridges
which have progressively more and more weights suspended from
them. The prizes goes to entries which can hold the largest total
load relative to their own weight.
PRIZES AWARDED THIS YEAR
Thinking of entering next year's contest? Click here for the rules.
(Thanks to Ann Seymour and the folks at TLC)
Two days prior to the contest, bridges needed to be weighed to verify whether or not they were eligible to compete. Here we see contestants Emilie Paquin and David Shabat.
It's the day of the contest. The event is always well attended with the large crowd
providing the usual screams when the bridges crack into pieces under the weights.
Contestants Eric Prevost, Matthw Abouaccar, Darin Abu Khalil and
Gaetano (Gates) Battista are ready to begin the competition.
Mimi Cooper, who has hosted the contest for the past
few years, has the contestants introduce themselves.
And they're off! One by one the weights are applied,
increasing the strain on the center portion of the span.
(left: Thiva Ramachandran, right: Sheldon Tam)
The crowd has a great time at this event, delighting in the drama and the
excitement of watching contestant after contestant crack their entries.
The winning entry (and a beautiful one, too)
as it looked before crumbling under the weights.
Team member names are listed under the next picture
Luan Muhaxhiri, Patrick Kent Lau and Yip Pieng Lam accept first prize honours
from the acting Dean of Science and General Studies, Don Hetherington.
2nd place went to the team of Mohammed Rubel, Jessica Di Paolo and Antonina Scalia (seen in the centre standing just in front of Doug Miller of The Learning Centre.)
The 3rd place team consisted of Isabelle Bourque and Elise Lapierre.
PARTICIPATING TEAMS AND THEIR BRIDGES
The Learning Centre would like to thank Jackie Paull, Hans Wernecke, Don Hetherington,
Mike Cowan, Mimi Cooper, Ann Seymour, Donna Tolmatch and Dany Brown for contributing
their time, and a special thank you to the Service Department for all their hard work.