For the second year in a row, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials hosted the “Virtual Bridge Showcase” to celebrate the hard work of the students participating in the organization’s Transportation and Civil Engineering or TRAC program.
The TRAC program provides students in grades seven through 12 the opportunity to get involved with transportation-related science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM courses, AASHTO noted – an effort mirrored at the elementary-school level via AASHTO’s Roadways In Developing Elementary Students or RIDES initiative.
This year’s virtual bridge showcase serves as a replacement for the National Bridge Competition, typically held at the AASHTO’s Spring Meeting, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Altogether, 10 teams made up of three students each participated in the 2021 virtual bridge showcase – four comprised of 7th and 8th graders, two made up of 9th and 10th graders, and four comprised of 11th and 12th graders.
Panelists drawn from the event’s sponsors – Bentley Systems, HDR, HNTB, TopoDOT, Headlight, and Michael Baker International – provided feedback on each team’s presentation and bridge designs. Each team received 10 minutes to both make their presentation and take questions from the panelists and audience.
More information on the virtual bridge showed and the TRAC & RIDES program is available by clicking here.