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January 30, 2005

HO: Bridge Building Long and Tall

Filed under: education — texased @ 10:59 am
Bridge Building Long and Tall

Judges Version
Problem Source: Spirit of Chicago Practice 31-40

This is a hands-on problem. You have one minute to determine which team members will solve the problem.

JUDGE READS TO TEAM (after participants are determined):

You will have 7 minutes to complete this problem. You may talk or ask questions at any time; however, time continues. At the end of 7 minutes, your solution will be scored.

Your problem is to build a bridge using the materials given. You will be given materials to be used in your solution. No other materials may be used.

Score will be as follows:

  • 3 points for each inch of width
  • 3 points for each inch of clearance from the table, measured from the middle of the structure.
  • 1-20 points for team work
  • 1 point for each item used

Materials and Setup

Give each team the following materials.

  • 20 pipe cleaners
  • 20 toothpicks
  • 20 marshmallows
  • 10 styrofoam cups

Scoring Grid

Item Quantity Value Total
Inch of width

Inch of clearance


Items Used x1
Team Work max 20

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