Billiken BEAMS Competition Workshop

November 20, 2010 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Civil Engineering

Saint Louis University Civil Engineering Department faculty will host a workshop to prepare high school students involved in the Building Engineering Awareness in Metro Saint Louis, Billiken BEAMS, Competition at Parks College. The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 21.  During this time, the team will meet with civil engineering students and faculty to begin their bridge design.  The Billiken BEAMS Competition will be held at Saint Louis University on Feb. 26, 2011 at the culmination of National Engineers Week.

How to Register

In order to compete in the competition groups of 2-4 students must register online by clicking here. Registration is open to the first 50 student groups who sign-up on a first come, first registered basis.  In order to allow all schools an opportunity to compete, only 2 groups from each high school may register at this time.  Register closed on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. The registration fee is $20.00 per team.  The fee covers the cost of the bridge construction materials, participate in the prepreation workshop and the competition. T-shirts will be available to purchase separately during the workshop.

Who can Participate?

This competition is open to students currently enrolled in high schools in the metropolitan Saint Louis area.  The Billiken BEAMS Competition is a group-based project opportunity, in which students use their innovation to build a structure and then compete against other groups throughout the Saint Louis area. This year’s challenge is “A Bridge to Civil Engineering” in which student groups construct a supported road based bridge out of balsa wood.  The winning team will design, construct and test the most effective bridge that meets competition evaluation criteria.
Model bridges are intended to be simplified versions of real-world bridges which are designed to carry one or more point loads and usually carry some kind of distributed load. A road bridge is typically designed to accept a load in any position and to permit the load to travel across the entire bridge.

Competition Rules

To download the rules for the competition and specifications for building your bridge click here.
If you have questions regarding the bridge design or rules you may contact Dr. Riyadh Hindi, Director Billiken BEAMS, at rhindi@slu.edu or by calling (314) 977-8547.

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