TICONDEROGA - Students from Ticonderoga High and Middle Schools and St. Mary's School were treated to an hour presentation by structural engineer Tom Hoffman of Region 1, New York State Department of Transportation, Nov. 18.
About 25 students met after school to hear Hoffman explain the various types of bridges and some of the critical design elements that go into designing and maintaining a bridge.
He focused much of his attention on the Crown Point Bridge including why it had to be closed and what must be done to replace it.
The presentation was part of the Kiwanis Popsicle Stick Bridge Building program. The principle objectives are to stimulate interest among students in engineering as a career and to teach students to work effectively in teams
The contest will be held on Dec. 19 at the Ticonderoga Middle School. Students will construct their bridges followed by judging and loading the bridges to failure. Trophies will be awarded for the strongest and best looking bridges..
This year the contest is open to high school students as well as middle school students from Ticonderoga Middle School and St. Mary's School.
Ticonderoga Middle School technology teacher Jim Marshall, Ti High School science teacher Paul Jebb and Pam Arzberger of St. Mary's are providing mentoring and other assistance to the students.
Graham Bailey, past president of Kiwanis, who organized the event last year, will also provide guidance to the students.