For all you students and engineers bored at home, I present my At-Home Engineering Challenge 1: Bridge Building.
2 small drinking cups (3oz bath cups or functionally equivalent)
No more than 20 cotton swabs (Q-Tip brand or similar)
Using 2 small drinking cups as a foundation, 20 or less cotton swabs, and dental floss,
Construct the longest bridge you can.
-Length is the span between the 2 drinking cups.
-Drinking cups must be resting on a flat surface. No anchoring!
-Bridge must span/rest on the drinking cups, and may only touch the drinking cups (If the bridge sags below the drinking cups / touches any other surface, it doesn’t count)
-Competition runs through 5pm Eastern on Sunday (March 29th).
-Please link pictures of your build (with measuring tape verifying measurement).
-Kids are encouraged to participate.
Prize. I will run a series of these challenges weekly, as well as post my solution. Most points wins. You will earn:
1 point for every competition you participate in
1 point for making it easy to verify you followed the rules
3 points for besting my solution
2 points for the “most ingenious” solution. This will be awarded at my discretion.
5 points for the “best” solution. In this challenge, the longest bridge wins.
All rulings final. Don’t like my rules? run your own competition.
I can’t think of any more engineering challenges
The quarantine in the US lifts
There isn’t any more interest in the engineering challenges
I will declare a grand winner, and award that person a $50 Amazon gift card.