ELIZABETH – Elizabeth Public Schools John Dwyer Technology Academy’s Architectural drafting class earned several honors at the annual Union County College Bridge Building Competition. The competition, which includes high schools from Union, Middlesex, and Warren County, took place at Union County College on Dec. 2. Sixteen high schools participated with 25 entries competing.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage teamwork and higher order thinking skills to create a truss bridge design that will hold the most weight but weigh the least. The aspiring designers and engineers from Dwyer Technology Academy worked for weeks prior to the competition, designing, testing, and building model bridges. Seventeen Dwyer students participated, entering two novice and one advanced bridge.
There were 25 bridges entered in the Novice Category with John Dwyer Technology Academy placing 1st and 2nd. The winning bridge weighed in at 554 grams and held up 225 pounds. The second place bridge weighed in at 721 grams and held up 255 pounds. In the Advanced Category, 17 bridges competed with Dwyer’s entry placing 5th.
Elizabeth Board of Education member Paul Perreira said, “We are proud of the strides we are making across the district in increasing academic, and technological innovations in our various career strands. Our Dwyer Technology Academy students have shown that they can use teamwork and concepts learned in the classroom and utilize these in real world applications of engineering and architectural excellence.”
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