Engineers Week - Billiken B.E.A.M.S. Competition

February 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Chesterfield Mall, 291 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Civil Engineering

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About  Billiken BEAMS

Welcome to the 3rd annual Saint Louis University Building Engineering Awareness in Metro Saint Louis Schools Competition, Billiken BEAMS! The competition is hosted by SLU’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter and is open to high school students 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 permit the load to travel across the entire bridge.

The object of the competition is to see who can design, construct and test the most efficient bridge. Efficiency (E) is calculated as
E = load supported (lbs) / weight of bridge (lbs).

Each team will design a bridge to meet the competition specifications. The team will bring a drawing of their design, with pertinent dimensions, to Saint Louis University’s McDonnell Douglas Hall on Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18, 2012 to create a computer model of the bridge with the help of SLU faculty and students. McDonnell Douglas Hall is located at 3450 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103. Teams will be advised of the date and time they are scheduled to attend.

Students from the ASCE student chapter will work with each team to create a computer model of the bridge and to perform an analysis of the design. The team will take the results of the analysis and determine if any modifications of the design are necessary prior to construction of their bridge.

The materials to use in the construction of the bridge will be provided to the teams at the end of the computer modeling session. The teams then have until the date of the competition to construct the bridge.

Participating teams will present their completed bridges for evaluation and testing on February 23, 2013 at the Chesterfield Mall, 291 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017. The competition will begin at 10:00 am. Teams will be advised of the time at which their bridge is to be presented for evaluation and testing.


eweek-bannerNational Engineers Week

Engineers Week was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. E-Week is dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers’ contributions to society.

It promotes an understanding of just how essential technical education and advanced levels of math, science, and technology are to students. The goal is to motivate youth to pursue engineering careers in order to sustain a diverse and strong engineering workforce.

E-Week reaches thousands of schools, universities, corporations and organizations nationally. Parks College is proud to be part of the celebration and tradition of E-Week!

For more information on the National Engineers Week Foundation, please visit the official website.

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