A team of four S3 pupils from Sandwick (Connor Edwards, Jamie Leishman, Kyle Lucock and Max Orr), were invited to take part in the event, which was sponsored by the Shetland Construction Training Group.
Every secondary school was represented at the competition with one team with the exception of Anderson, which was represented by two.
On the day the teams were given a printout illustrating the span to be bridged and location of test point. The teams were given just three and half hours to design/draw and build their bridge to scale. The bridge had to be drawn to scale to ensure fit and that the load carriage was supported at road level. The team had to “purchase” materials for constructing the bridge, and using only a handsaw and a hot melt glue gun construct their bridge.
The bridges were load tested to destruction by lecturers, with maximum load carried recorded. The winning bridge was not necessarily the strongest bridge but the most cost effective – with the lowest price per kilogram winning.
Sandwick’s bridge carried the same weight as the winning bridge but cost slightly more. The Sandwick team returned home jubilant, mumbling under their breath that their bridge was still whole unlike the winner, carrying the trophy for the bonniest bridge!
Winning categories were:
- Most efficient Cost / Load (winning team Brae with Sandwick second)
- Bonniest bridge CITB Representative vote (winning team Sandwick)
- Best teamwork CITB Ambassador vote