2006 BRIDGE BUILDING CONTEST
For the 15th year, the Learning Centre and the Faculty of Science & General Studies held their annual Bridge Building Contest. Participating student teams built bridges solely out of pasta and carpenter's glue. The resulting structures are first appraised for their craftsmanship and aesthetic qualities, and then are subjected to ever-increasing weight loads to see which one is strongest. Apart from the aesthetics prize, there were 4 load-bearing prizes for the greatest efficiency ratio, i.e. the weight of the bridge relative to the total weight it was able to bear before breaking.

Students add more weight to their bridge.
How much can it hold before it breaks?

Congratulations to this year's winners:

Efficiency Ratio Prizes
1st Place:

Daniel Kurylowicz
and John Sheghoury
2nd Place:
Rupali Patel
, Amanda Nini and Natasha Khoury
3rd Place:
Katherine Majka
4th Place:
Aleksandra Gutsman

Craftsmanship and Aesthetics Category
Katherine Majka.


Many students participated, and even more students attended the event to cheer the participants on.
A great crowd, a lot of laughs and falling bridges made for a wonderful time.

Thank you to everyone who participated and to everyone who helped make the event a success, especially judge and MC Don Hetherington, and judges Mike Cowan and Donna Tolmatch.

We invite you now to view some photos below that were taken at the competition.


The crowd starts to assemble in anticipation of the start of the competition.


Below are close-ups of some of the amazing entries


The bridge of Daniel Kurylowicz and John Sheghoury won first prize in the efficiency ratio category.


This bridge by Katherine Majka won 1st place in the Craftsmanship & Aesthetics category



Judges Mike Cowan, Dean Don Hetherington and Donna Tolmatch
appraise the entries for their craftsmanship and aesthetic qualities.


The Learning Centre's Doug Miller introduces the event.


Dean Don Hetherington (right) was both a judge and the MC of the contest.


CONTESTANTS


Team of Daniel Kurylowicz and John Sheghoury
Their entry went on to win 1st prize in the efficiency category.


Team of Rupali Patel, Amanda Nini and Natasha Khoury
are seen with their entry that won 2nd place in the Efficiency Ratio category.


Katherine Majka's entry not only won 3rd prize in the efficiency category,
it also won the special award for Craftsmanship & Aesthetics.


Aleksandra Gutsman won 4th place in the Efficiency Ratio category.

OTHER CONTESTANTS



First place team of Daniel Kurylowicz and John Sheghoury adding their weights


Katherine Majka adds weight to her 3rd place winning entry


The inevitable result of the load-bearing segment of the competition (and the
favourite part for the students in attendance) the bridge cracks under the weight
.


AWARD PRESENTATIONS

EFFICIENCY RATIO PRIZES

Dean of Science & General Studies Don Hetherington awards first prize in the
Efficiency Ratio category to the team of Daniel Kurylowicz and John Sheghoury.


Dean Hetherington gives the 2nd place prize to the team of
Natasha Khoury, Amanda Nini and Rupali Patel.


Katherine Majka won 1st place in the Craftsmanship & Aesthetics
category as well as 3rd place in the Efficiency Ratio category.


Aleksandra Gutsman accepts 4th prize in the Efficiency Ratio category from Dean Hetherington.


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