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Billiken Beams

By Dr. Rosemary Davidson
Our students competed in Billiken Beams, a bridge-making event that took place at Parks College as part of National Engineering Week.      

There were 23 bridges in the contest. The average weight held by the 23 bridges in the competition was 37 lbs. and the median weight held was 43 lbs. Here are the placement of our 5 teams in the competition:
6th place Lexi Woodman and Kate Broun holding 52 lbs.
9th place Maddie Loe, Amanda Meyer and Emily Giannotti, 44 lbs.
13th Annie Thompson and Caroline Cutler, 42 lbs.
15th Lauren Kimes, Annie Burnham and Ellie Burnham, 38 lbs.
16th Anna Sadlo, Maggie Hannick and Bonnie Peccola, 21 lbs.
According to Maggie Hannick (’19), "I enjoyed being part of SJA's Bridge Club and SLU's Billiken Beams Competition. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. We were able to use SLU's computer modeling program to design a bridge, and we spent many hours cutting wood and putting it together to create a strong bridge that ended up holding 20 pounds. I was on a team with Bonnie Peccola and Anna Sadlo and we loved working together and perfecting our bridge. Mr. Stein was a great help and mentor, and I am very grateful for him giving us this wonderful experience!”
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