Schools compete at annual Bridge Bust at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – High school students are at Purdue testing their engineering skills by competing to build the best bridge.

More than 200 students from 13 different Illinois and Indiana high schools are at Purdue Armory for the annual Bridge Bust. Teams of students had four weeks to build their bridges.

Bridges were judged on looks and how much weight they could withstand before busting.

The event is put on by Purdue’s American Society of Civil Engineers. The Bridge Bust chair, Morgan Joel, said they want to inspire students through engineering.

“We’re just trying to get high school students interested in engineering and the different types of engineering that are out there. Hopefully they’re interested in civil [engineering],” said Joel.

On average the bridges are a little longer than 24 inches, weigh about 50 grams and can hold as much as 200 grams before breaking.

Top prizes awarded are $100 to the winning team and $50 to second place. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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