Building bridges to stretch young minds


Engineering feat: Oliver, Jai, Rupert and Ella. from Balnarring Primary School and the bridge that led to their winning this year’s inter schools activity challenge. Picture: Yanni

THE Bridge Bosses of Balnarring Primary School were judged the best model bridge builders in a competition at BlueScope Western Port’s Hastings plant.

Their bridge took the weight of 60 tins of tuna weighing 7.5kg.

About 60 students in 16 teams took part in the Rotary Club of Somerville Tyabb Inter Schools Activity Challenge, Wednesday 19 June.

Their task was to build a weight-bearing bridge spanning 720mm using only a pack of playing cards, icy pole sticks, twine, thumbtacks, and sticky tape. The time limit was one hour.

Teams were evaluated on their bridges’ ability to sustain increasingly heavy loads of tins of tuna, with economy of construction to be used as a tiebreaker in the event of a draw.

Second place went to Navy from Bittern Primary School and third place to the Bridge Masters from Flinders Christian Community College. Other schools in the challenge included Balnarring, Bittern, Hastings, Crib Point, St Joseph’s, St Mary’s, Somerville, Tyabb Railway, and Flinders Christian College.

The Rotary Club of Somerville Tyabb organised the event which was sponsored by BlueScope.

First published in the Western Port News – 26 June 2019