Franklin Academy team tops at building bridges

For the third consecutive year, the Franklin Academy Bridge Building Team won first place overall in the North Carolina Department of Transportation Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition.

The competition is designed to create a greater awareness of careers in transportation, construction, engineering and the services provided by the NCDOT.

The April 17 competition was the sixth time in eight years that a Franklin Academy team has won first place.

The NCDOT Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition gives students an opportunity to learn problem-solving strategies and utilize critical thinking skills, while making the connection between what is taught in the classroom and real world applications.

Working in teams, students look at methods for brainstorming ideas, designing a diagram, constructing the model and presenting the results of their ideas to a panel of judges.

This competition is a collaborative effort between NCDOT, students and teachers who work together to exchange ideas and build cooperation.