CNY Bridges: Build ‘Em & Bust ‘Em

The 2021 CNY Bridges: Build ‘Em & Bust ‘Em will be on Saturday, November 6, in-person at the MOST.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, this year’s event will look a little different than you might be used to! First, please note that masks are required inside the MOST for the duration of the event. There are no exceptions to this policy. 

There are also some changes to the event format:
Teams will proceed through the check-in process and move directly to an available testing station for a personal testing session with our Bridge Busters – there will be no large gathering/ceremony. Our goal is to move students through the process as efficiently as possible. To that end, no physical awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the event. Teams are not required to remain at the MOST once their bridge has been tested; however, museum admission for participating students/parents/teachers is good all day should you choose to stay. 

Final rankings for all teams and the video announcement of the 1st – 4th Place Winners in each category will be posted here at approximately 1:00 PM. At that link, you will also find personalized participation certificates for each of your students. 

8:00 AM – DOORS OPEN TO PARTICIPANTS – CHECK-IN BEGINS 

8:15 AM – INDIVIDUAL TESTING BEGINS & CONTINUES UNTIL ALL TEAMS HAVE BUSTED 

1:00 PM – FINAL RANKINGS & AWARDS POSTED ONLINE (NO IN-PERSON AWARDS CEREMONY)

*COMPLIMENTARY BAGELS AND SNACKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE DURATION OF THE EVENT.*

The CNY Bridge Build’em and Bust’em Challenge is a free annual student STEM competition in balsawood bridge engineering. Individually or as a team, students design and construct a truss bridge built entirely of glue and balsawood. On competition day, teams submit their bridge for a test of its efficiency rating, a measure of how many times its own weight the bridge can support before structural failure (mass the bridge held divided by the mass of the bridge). Registration is free, and a free balsawood kit is provided to each team that registers before the deadline. Awards are given in three categories: Category I (grades 4-6), Category II (grades 7-8) and Category III (grades 9-12). 

Teams can register here. Registration is free. The MOST provides balsa wood kits consisting of 15 2-foot-long 1/8-inch square pieces for teams to use in building their bridge. They can use any amount of the wood provided. Glue is provided; however, alternate glues can be substituted. Teams must use provided materials to build a bridge that meets competition specifications. Balsawood kits may be picked up by arrangement at the MOST front desk. Teams must be registered before they can pick up materials. Please contact eventcoordinator@most.org to arrange your pick-up time.

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