The Aurecon bridge building competition was a competition between 12 schools of who could make the strongest bridge out of a set amount of equipment like sticks of wood, cardboard pipes and string. In the weeks leading up to the event 28 teams over 12 schools set about making their own bridge. Newlands College entered 3 teams of 3, 2 year 9 teams (Pranaav Gohil, Unmesh Vanka, Hayden Smith, Casey Norman, Lochlan Young and Jordan Lockwood) and a year 10 team.
At the event, held at Te Papa on the 7th of August, their were bridges of many different shapes and sizes. It wasn’t long after we arrived that we started testing the bridges on how much weight they could carry using a machine that electronically monitored how much weight was being pulled down on the bridge. Some bridges collapsed at about 2 kg while others fared a little better. After a lot of nervous waiting through the destruction of other bridges our team got a weight of 38 kg which in the end was the winning score. The prize money was $1500 towards the school science department while Haydon, Lochlan and I got $200 each. As some of you may know we were then interviewed by Breakfast early the next morning where we showed off our bridge and the oversized novelty check.
– Casey Norman
(Thanks to Mr Miller for the photos)