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Battle of the Bridges


10th Annual Battle of the Bridge Contest
Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th
at The Putnam Museum,
1717 West 12th Street, Davenport, IA 52804
for ALL AGES, with 2-4 people per team
Cost: $25.00 per team
(teams can also pay for optional pre-order pizza and drinks)

The event is open to any student, grade or age for either Friday or Saturday. A team may consist of one to four people, where all team members must be signed up on the registration form.

5 CATEGORIES:

  • Family (Any combination – kids, adults, seniors) – see Rule #10
  • Elementary (Grades 4-6)
  • Middle School (Grades 7-8)
  •  High School (Grades 9-12)
  • “Professional” Division – all team members at least 18 years old

REGISTER NOW**

DOWNLOAD RULES, TOOLS and MATERIALS*
UPDATED 12/14/16

**Registration limitations:
Friday: 40 teams max (any combination) limited to 8 teams from ANY ONE SCHOOL
Saturday: 40 teams max (any combination), limited to 8 High School teams only

No pre-work is required with all of the materials provided along with tools and local engineers support at the event.

       

 


2016 Results:

RESULTS: Posted 1/30/16

The most innovative bridge went to Skywalker Bridges.

Category TEAM NAME SUPPORTED WEIGHT [lbs] BRIDGE WEIGHT [lbs] EFFICIENCY RANKING
10Family The Joys of Engineering 210 0.335 626.87 1st
11Family H & P Construction 154 0.330 466.67 2nd
12Family Skywalker Bridges 216 0.475 454.74 3rd
1G 4-6 Team Brane 40 0.155 258.06 1st
2G 4-6 Simple Name 42 0.29 144.83 2nd
3G 4-6 The Tie Fighters 46 0.36 127.78 3rd
4G 7-8 The Wizards 72 0.230 313.04 1st
5G 7-8 Fluffy Unicorns 38 0.365 104.11 2nd
6G 7-8 Disaster Arena 30 0.405 74.07 3rd
7G 9-12 PVHS 2 136 0.270 503.70 1st
8G 9-12 Bob The Bridge Builders 140 0.285 491.23 2nd
9G 9-12 A Team 100 0.270 370.37 3rd

Total in each category:

  • Family – 16 teams
  • Elementary – 9 teams
  • Middle School – 6 teams
  • High School – 23 teams

 

2016 Event Sponsors:

The Putnam Museum
Ashton Engineering
ASCE
Q.C. Coating, Inc.
PCT Engineered Systems
Mathnasium The Math Learning Center
Alcoa
Excelon Generation
Advantage Advertising
Caddy’s Sports Bar and Grill
Bier Stube
US Army Corps of Engineers
Deco Tool Supply Company

2016 Event Volunteers:

Bill Ashton
Joshua Drake
Rily Grunwald
Eric Johnson
Blair McDonald
Jeff Melvin
Rick Nickel
Jeff Richland
Tom Richmond
Greg Shuger

Information From Previous Bridge Events:

  • 2015 Results with Pictures
  • 2014 Results with Pictures
  • 2013 Results with Pictures
  • 2012 Video (6:31)
  • 2012 Results and Pictures
  • 2011 Results and Pictures
  • 2011 Video (5:09)
  • 2010 Results and Pictures
  • 2009 Pictures

Battle of the Bridge History:
In 2008, the Quad City Engineering and Science Council sponsored it’s first bridge building contest as part of a series of workshops supporting the Da Vinci Exhibit at the Putnam Museum in Davenport.  Based on the success of the contest, this is now an annual event.