On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, AP Physics students competed in a one-day engineering challenge at the Healthy Planet arena in Peterborough. Working in teams of four, this year's challenge was to design and construct a bridge out of popsicle sticks, glue, tape, wooden dowels, and other provided materials.
The competition was fierce as teams battled to build a bridge that could not only support the weight of a toy car but also withstand the largest force possible. And it wasn't just about building a strong bridge; teams also had to submit a written report that detailed their design and included solutions to torque and static equilibrium questions.
Teams were required to build a bridge for which a weighted toy car could traverse its length while also withstanding the largest force possible. They also had to submit a written report that included a description of their design and solutions to torque and static equilibrium questions.
In the end, one team emerged victorious. Congratulations to Devon Hansen ’23, Alper Gol ’23, Amrit Garcha ’23, and Vincent ’23 for finishing first overall in the competition. Their bridge withstood a force of 30.2 lbs before breaking, the most of any group in the competition.
Congratulations to all LCS participants: Abby Reeds ’23, Evan Armstrong ’23, Bradley Kang ’23, Aidan Kang ’24, Evelina Nasybullova ’23, Amy Shin ’23, Franka ’23, Judy Yu ’23, Tyler Jervis ’23, Jacobo de Juan Millon ’23, Efe Yencilek ’23, Luck Wang ’23, Evelyn Chen ’25, Eason Ong ’25, Aniece Wong ’25, and Tom ’24.
Read more about this competition in The Peterborough Examiner's article, Peterborough area high school students challenged to be bridge engineers for a day.