Vanier's Annual Bridge Building Contest was held on November 7, 2001. Students worked in teams to build the most efficient bridge. The only materials were spaghetti noodles and glue! Weights were then attached and the most efficient bridge built by Architectural Technology students Adriana Gil, Johnny Graziani, and Jesse Amaral won first prize. Their bridge, weighing 214 grams supported a load of 22.2 kilograms. Their efficiency ratio was an amazing 103.7!
The contest was a cliff hanger with the bridge built by Elise Lapierre and Isabelle Bourque being in the lead until the last 10 minutes of the contest. Their bridge weighed 154 grams and supported a load of 8.5 kilograms for a ratio of 55.19.
Third place went to Gabriella Cespedes and Karen Chen whose bridge weighed 202 grams, supported 9.5 kilograms for an efficiency ratio of 47.03 grams.
The judges selected the bridge built by Michael Belair, Andrew Varga, and Chantale Desrosiers as first in terms of Aesthetics.
First place winners described their win as "overwhelming". Their bridge was based on the suspension bridge model. They worked hard to ensure that the tension between the different parts of the bridge was maintained.
The winners of the prize for aesthetics set as their goal in building their bridge to be as precise as possible. The symmetry of the bridge was what helped make it win in this category.
by Ariane Knystautas-Boily & Judy Macdonald
First place honours went to the team of Jessie Amaral, Adriana Gil and Johnny Graziani.
They are with their teacher Ann Seymour. This team also won fourth prize for greatest load.
Second prize winners were: Elise Lapierre and Isabelle Bourque.
They are seen with Fran Davis, Dean of Science & General Studies
Third prize winners: Karen Chen and Gabriella Cespedes.
They are also pictured with Dean Fran Davis.
AH, SWEET VICTORY!
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