Science Olympics Competition

Science Olympics Competition

Posted: August 06, 2013

This spring Bryan Fleming assisted Manchester Elementary School with their Science Olympics competition.  Manchester Elementary is a Title I school of math and science with grades K-5 located in Spring Lake, NC.  The competition included 35 teams from schools across Cumberland County.  Bryans focus was the pasta bridge event that consisted of designing a bridge out of pasta noodles and hot glue that could clear span 14 inches and support a load over 30 pounds.

This was a great opportunity to teach the students about basic concepts of bridge and truss design, while maintaining a fun design process that challenged them to think critically and analytically.  Mijha and Kelvin were the two students selected for the bridge event and they chose an arch design.

Our team met weekly for four months leading up to competition day.  The final month was spent load testing our bridge and tweaking components that failed.  Throughout the entire process, Bryan offered input and advice, but the bridge was designed and constructed entirely by Mijha and Kelvin.

On competition day Mijha and Kelvin won 4th place in the bridge competition and Manchester Elementary placed 6th overall out of 35 teams.  It was a great time and on behalf of Fleming and Associates we would like to thank Mijha, Kelvin, Mrs. Johnson, and Manchester Elementary School for allowing Bryan to be a part of their team.