New Rules are OUT

Hello Everyone!

The New rules have been released and we are getting ready to go! There are some interesting aspects to this years rules, Some of which may need clarification. We will be sending out an email to previous members before the beginning of the school year to plan a reading of the rules and other necessary items.

You can find the Rules here: Rules

Stay tuned or email us for more information. Also please click above to see our calendar and stay up to date on everything that is going on!

The Steel Bridge co-chairs!

From the 2013-2014 Co-Chairs

End of the year diary wrap up for steel bridge!

Well, another year is in the books and we couldn’t be happier with how it went from beginning to end. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to update you on what the team has been up to, but only because we had been so hard at work preparing for some great finishes at the regional and national competitions!

In, April we attended our regional competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, where we sought to reclaim the first place title after dropping to third at last year’s competition. Both the bridge and the construction team gave a great performance, though we were penalized 150lb (translating to $3,000,000 on our finals score) because one of the bridge’s feet was sticking out past the decking support. However, even a hefty penalty was not enough to overcome a solid performance by the team and we still came away from the weekend as the great lakes regional champions!

From regionals on, the team single-mindedly focused on preparing for the fierce competition we would undoubtedly face at the national competition. Those of us who went to nationals last year in Seattle, still had a bitter taste in our mouths from the large penalty that took us from 4th place to 25th, and we were hungry to regain a prominent placement this year. Countless hours were spent at construction practice, in the shop, and at meetings in order to improve our weight, stiffness, and construction time before heading to the University of Akron for the big weekend. By the time we left for Ohio on May, 22, we felt we had a bridge that was certainly a top 10 contender. When the day of the competition finally came, both the bridge and the construction team, once again, gave an excellent performance that was enough to not only earn us 4th in display, 4th in lightness, and 3rd in efficiency, but a 5th place overall finish!

This is the best overall placement the team has had in quite some time and we could not be prouder of everyone who was involved with the team this year. We would like to thank everyone who was involved with the team this year for giving so much time and effort to make this great finish happen. We would also like to thank our very generous sponsors who donated to the team this year. Without all of you none of this could ever be possible. Now it’s time to get just a little rest before getting back at it and preparing for next year’s competition!

!!NEW!! Website

We are getting pretty excited about this site, but it’s still under construction. We should have it done before school starts back up, but we want to share a few details already!

1. The format is essentially the same, Just a lot easier for us to edit, Which means YOU GET MORE CONTENT!!!

2. Most of the Videos and Photos will be hosted on other locations such as Youtube, but we almost guarantee all links should be safe!

3. The Co-Chairs are already working really hard to make this new year a success! While a new website may not win the Championship, Your Help via a sponsorship could make a serious difference!

Contact us at steelbridgeuw@gmail.com to find out how you can help!

Thanks and we’ll have many more updates to come!

The 2014-2015 Co-Chairs!