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Competition builds future skills

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

14 October 2019

DPTI has again been involved in helping to foster the future of skilled students who may one day join our ranks.

As a long-time supporter of the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition, the department sponsored the Efficiency Award for the bridge that had the best strength-to-weight ratio, in this year’s competition.

Phil Molloy, the Principal Structural Engineer from our Technical Services Section assisted in judging the competition as young minds put their considerable talent to the test.

The competition is run every year by Aurecon and aims to encourage school students in Years 8 and 9 to study STEM subjects in their senior high school years. Each school is provided a bridge building kit consisting of balsa wood sticks, string and glue, and they are encouraged to use computer aids to model their bridges.

It’s great to see the students show such enthusiasm for the task, and very impressive to note the innovative construction techniques and digital bridge designs. The winning team managed to support a weight of 135 kg, which was the highest among all of Australia and New Zealand.