Pukekohe Christian School crowned Bridge Building Champions
Aurecon runs the annual school bridge building competition involving year eight and nine students in Australia and year nine and ten students in New Zealand, to raise awareness of the engineering profession among students .
Students Hamish, Jack and Jason constructed the winning bridge that withstood an outstanding load of 78.1kg on competition day.
The trio were motivated to get involved in the competition through a shared curiosity for engineering and the opportunity to explore the industry as a possible career path.
“Competition day was a lot of fun. It was really interesting to see how all the different structures behaved and how much effort it took to break them,” commented the team.
“There’s a lot of thinking and experimentation that goes into bridge building so it’s very exciting to see that all of our hard work paid off, and was rewarded with a win.”
The national title winning bridges were two of hundreds of bridges designed and constructed by high school students across Australia and New Zealand.
Judges were wowed by the extremely high level of ingenuity and creativity brought to the competitions.
Bill Cox, Aurecon’s Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand commented that “It’s an honour and a real pleasure to observe how clever young minds engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics in such a challenging and stimulating learning environment.” Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post