The ASCE Florida Section, in partnership with the Florida Engineering Foundation, has been conducting a bridge designer competition for the past 10 years.
Originally called the West Point Bridge Design Contest, then later Engineering Encounters, the program has now been made free to all by the program designer, Steven Ressler. The ASCE Florida Section is calling this contest the ASCE Bridge Florida Competition.
Many of the Florida Section Branches hold local competitions that are open to middle school and high school competitors, who compete individually or in teams of two. Winners advance to the Florida Section’s state competition held in conjunction with the annual conference every July.
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The ASCE Bridge Florida Competition uses a free educational software package designed to provide middle-school and high-school students with a realistic introduction to engineering through the design of a highway truss bridge. This program is the winner of two major national awards for educational software development and has the look and feel of the computer-aided design (CAD) packages used by practicing engineers but is much easier to use. It can be installed on either Windows or Mac computers.