Aurecon believes that the engineering, science and technology industries must work together and lead efforts to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths subjects) more accessible and appealing to young students. The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition encourages students to unlock their potential by engaging with STEM early.
The competition is open to Y9–10 students, with judging days being held in Auckland and Christchurch in September.
Entry for the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition is free, and using materials supplied by Aurecon, students are tasked with designing and constructing a model bridge using the construction guidelines provided. Judging days take place in September, and all competitors are invited to gather at venues across Australia and New Zealand where bridges are load tested and assessed for visual appeal, workmanship, creativity and functionality.
Along with a fun-filled competition day, students and schools have a chance to win great prizes across 5 award categories. There is also an optional digital component where teams are encouraged to use a digital tool, AutoCAD, SketchUp Make or SketchUp Free to design their bridges before they start construction. Digital submissions are tested before judging day and the winner is announced along with the winners of the physical bridge competition.