Enka High School students earn fourth place in statewide model bridge-building competition

Press release

From the N.C. Department of Transportation

RALEIGH — Middle and high school students from across the state traveled to Raleigh today to compete for first place in the final round of the annual Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition.

Students from each school were given the opportunity to demonstrate math and science skills as well as public speaking skills. Each team provided an oral presentation and then had their model bridge tested for efficiency. Winners were chosen based on a combination of the two.

The competition was hosted by the N.C. Department of Transportation and was sponsored by the Carolinas Associated General Contractors.

The winners are as follows:

Middle Schools
First Place:
Exploris Middle School
Raleigh (Wake County)

Second Place:
Clarkton School of Discovery
Clarkton (Bladen County)

Third Place:
Elise Middle School
Robbins (Moore County)

Fourth Place:
Polk Middle School
Mill Spring (Polk County)

Most Unique Design: Elise Middle School

Best Presentation: Elise Middle School

High Schools
First Place:
Franklin Academy High School
Wake Forest (Wake County)

Second Place:
East Bladen High School
Elizabethtown (Bladen County)

Third Place:
North Moore High School
Robbins (Moore County)

Fourth Place:
Enka High School
Candler (Buncombe County)

Most Unique Design:
North Moore High School

Best Presentation:
Franklin Academy High School

The competition is designed to create a greater awareness of careers in and services provided by the transportation industry. Though the competition emphasizes the development of math and science skills, it also provides an opportunity to use problem-solving strategies and critical thinking, enhance communication skills, and apply research and presentation skills.


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