Engineering a Win

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As a result of his structurally sound engineering skills, Ward Melville High School junior Andrew Zhang was named the winner of this year’s Brookhaven National Laboratory Bridge Building Contest and has qualified to have his design compete at the 2017 International Bridge Contest in Dallas, Texas. 

As part of the school’s InSTAR program, members of the junior class participated in this event by engineering and designing a structure within the stipulations set by BNL. They were required to draw bridge plans to scale and construct models for maximum efficiency, which were then tested using a hydraulic pressure plate. The amount of force per mass that each bridge can withstand is measured and students were able to tweak their final designs based on the data received. 

During the BNL contest, Andrew’s bridge competed against the top entries from across Nassau and Suffolk counties, and was found to be able to withstand 1,049 times its own mass.