A team of Kearsarge Regional High School students consisting of three freshman girls: Cara Bartlett, Maddie Cook and Elise Paquette placed third in the 9th and 10th grade division of the national AASHTO/TRAC Design/Build Engineering Competition.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) educational outreach program TRAC (Transportation and Civil Engineering) held the national design/build competition in Louisville, KY on May 28, 2014. The TRAC program is an inventive way of introducing students to the wide variety of career opportunities available in the field of engineering. The program teaches secondary students how to apply a variety of math and science concepts to common engineering problems occurring in transportation systems.
Each team was to design and conduct experiments to test for strength-to-weight ratio, and then design a bridge resulting from those experiments. The teams are to construct a bridge made only with the materials provided in the TRAC Challenge Entry Kit. As a part of the Design Competition, the team is required to develop an extensive report portfolio describing the scientific principles, design and testing of the bridge and create design drawings using Bentley PowerDraft CAD software.
The student’s received the top score for their 40-page portfolio and wowed the judges with the presentation of their work and discoveries. The students each received a $200 prize for their efforts and vowed to come back even stronger in next year’s competition in Wyoming.