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LW West student Isabella Gira tests her bridge during the competition. Photo submitted
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12:00 pm CST January 12, 2020

Every year, students at all three Lincoln-Way schools build a model bridge and test its strength in the annual Bridge Building Competition. The schools participated the week of Dec. 9.

Students were given a kit with 15 two-foot pieces of basswood and specifications for this year’s contest. Then, using glue, they design unique concepts and test its strength by seeing how much weight it will hold before it breaks. The bridge with the highest structural efficiency wins. Efficiency is determined by dividing the mass held by the mass of the bridge.