Watch the bridges come crashing down on March 12 at Penn State York

March 10, 2016

YORK, Pa. — The annual Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers Bridge Building Competition is set for Saturday, March 12, in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building at Penn State York. Watch the breaking of the bridges beginning at 2 p.m. The bridges are built ahead of time and brought to the competition. Bridge registration is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with the competition starting at 2 p.m. Spectators are invited to attend and watch as the bridges are destroyed.  

The event, sponsored by the Lincoln Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society for Professional Engineers, offers high school students a chance to construct a bridge and then test it to see how strong it is. Trophies and cash prizes are awarded to the top three winners and each participant receives a T-shirt.

For additional details on the event or to pick up a bridge kit, contact Tim Koppenhaver at 717-852-1265 or The program is free and open to the public. Visit and click on events for more information.

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    A line-up of balsa wood bridges waiting to be tested and ultimately destroyed during the annual competition.  The bridges are built ahead of time by area high schools students and brought to the campus.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated March 11, 2016