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The purpose of the Contest is to provide middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. We provide this contest as a service to education.Goals:The contest will provide you with an opportunity to: Learn about engineering through a realistic, hands-on problem-solving experience. Learn about the engineering design process-the application of math, science, and technology to create devices and systems that meet human needs. Learn about truss bridges and how they work. Learn how engineers use the computer as a problem-solving tool.We also hope you will have some fun pitting your problem-solving skills against those of other virtual bridge designers around the globe.Schedule:The 2016 Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest will follow this schedule: Contest registration opens at 1:00 p.m. EST on January 11, 2016. The Bridge Designer 2016 software will be available for download at this time as well. The Qualifying Round will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. EST on January 12, 2016 to 1:00 p.m. EST on April 22, 2016. The Semi-Final Round will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT on May 26, 2016. To compete in the Semi-Final Round, you must be available at the designated time. The Final Round will be conducted on the morning of July 16, 2016, at a location to be determined. To compete in the Final Round, you must be available and able to travel to the designated location to compete on this date.Keep the Bridge Design Contest - Donate!IMPORTANT NOTE: The status of the EEBDC Final Round is currently uncertain, due to funding constraints. If our funding is inadequate, an alternative on-line Final Round will be conducted. Please check here for updates.
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