Built to win: McMaster students win national bridge building competition

March 21, 2017
by Jessica Petrunti

McMaster Engineering students dominated the 33rd Annual Troitsky Bridge Building Competition at Concordia University in Montreal. With a total of eight teams competing from McMaster this year, four teams placed within the top 10–including 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th place.

“We work together, we pass down our knowledge, and we pass down designs to be improved”, says Levi Brown, a McMaster University engineering student who competed. “Our continued triumph (2 year champion streak) wouldn't be possible without this commitment to bettering ourselves and those that come after us.” 

Held from March 3 to 5, the bridge building competition consisted of 36 teams from universities across Canada. The main objective of the competition is to build a model bridge using only popsicle sticks, toothpicks, white glue, and dental floss.

The three-day bridge building competition ends with ‘The Crushing Ceremony’ which involves using a hydraulic press to test the strength of bridges and how much weight they can withstand. Teams are later judged by industry professionals and faculty members on a number of key areas, including: aesthetics, originality, team spirit and how much load the bridge can hold before exploding under pressure.

McMaster EngineeringFirst Place - Sticks Out for Troitsky: (L to R) Sebastian Arjona (Concordia Organizer), Carley German, Jessica Middleton, Matthew Winters, Cody Van Der Kooi, Eric Nogard, Brett Pajor

McMaster Engineering
Second Place - Boyz with Wood: (L to R) Sebastian Arjona (Concordia Organizer), Keith Onderisin, John Huynh, Scott Wylie, Pareek Ravi, Erik Kadai

McMaster EngineeringCoaches (Returning Champions): (L to R) Mike Sucharda, Matt East, Daniel LeeKim, Trevor Reade

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