CSCE InterUniversity Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Proposal 10 Introduction

CSCE InterUniversity Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Proposal 10 Introduction

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CSCE Inter-University Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Proposal
1.0 Introduction
This document outlines the proposed rules, guidelines, and scheduling
for the Inter-University Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (to be
referred to as The Competition).
2.0 Rules
2.1 Goal
The goal of the competition is to construct a bridge with the allotted
materials in the allotted time frame, which adheres to the given
geometric restrictions. The bridge with the highest score as described
in the scoring section shall be deemed the winner.
2.2 Materials
All bridges are to be made from standard popsicle sticks (of
dimensions 115 mm x 9.5 mm x 1.6 mm), white glue, dental floss (any
variety) Wooden materials are to be uncoloured and untreated.
Materials are to be purchased in bulk by the delegation from Carleton
University. The cost for these materials will be split evenly between
the CSCE chapters from each university. The only material to be
brought into the construction room are paper, and tools.
2.3 Bridge Dimensions
All size restrictions are as per the size guidelines from prior
competitions. Where no data exists from prior competitions, an attempt
has been made to approximate an appropriate dimension.
Bridges must have a clear span of 400 mm, and have a minimum clearance
of 80 mm off the ground.
Maximum width must be no larger than 600 mm and have a maximum height
of 300 mm.
Bridges must have a running surface with a width of 80 mm, which must
have clear access from above for the testing machine, must run the
entire length of the bridge, must be level, and must be located above
the 80 mm clearance.
Bridges must weigh between 1 and 3 pounds.
2.4 Scoring
Scoring shall be considered as ultimate capacity of a bridge. No
numeric score is to be assigned and the bridges will be ranked in
order of strongest bridge.
3.0 Schedule
The bridge competition shall take place between 9 AM and 4 PM on
Friday, November 7th, 2008. Bridges will be stored for a week in the
lab and will be tested the following Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM.
Teams do not have to stay the total amount of time, and may leave
whenever they want (ie. to go to class).
4.0 Facilities
All delegate teams shall use the same facilities for construction of
their bridges during the allotted time. To ease contention of tools,
teams are encouraged to bring their own power tools (with all
pertinent safety equipment) and to share with other teams. (ie saws,
sand paper, electric dermal)
5.0 Teams
Teams are to consist of between 1 and 4 people. Team members MUST be
undergraduate students currently enrolled at either university. The
maximum number of students either school may send is 20. This is to
prevent construction facilities from getting overcrowded.
6.0 Prizes
The winning team will have there name on the plaque and the
corresponding CSCE university chapter will have the privilege of
having the trophy displayed in there office.