Durham School, engineering firms partner on Engineering Adventures 'Bridge Busters' event




Durham School, engineering firms partner on Engineering Adventures 'Bridge Busters' event

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Two students work on constructing a bridge during the "Bridge Busters" event.
Two students work on constructing a bridge during the "Bridge Busters" event.

The Durham School recently partnered with Omaha-area engineering firms to develop a new learning program titled Engineering Adventures, designed to introduce students to the world of engineering. Around 20 participants, ages 7-14, took part in the hands-on learning sessions at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center in Omaha.

Engineering firms Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig; HGM Associates; JEO; and Kirkham Michael; as well as The Durham School, collaborated on the five-week program titled "Bridge Busters."

Participating students learned how engineers work together to solve complex problems and make improvements in daily life; how drones are used to collect 3D surveys; and how different types of bridge construction are better equipped for carrying large loads.

Each student designed and built construction model bridges from popsicle sticks in an effort to see which design could withstand the greatest amount of weight. In the final session, family members watched as the bridges were tested to see how much sand it took to break the bridge.