Billiken BEAMS Competition Builds Bridges
The Third Annual Billiken BEAMS (Building Engineering Awareness in Metro St. Louis Schools) Competition was held Saturday, Feb. 23. More than 100 high school students, teachers and parents joined SLU students, faculty and staff for the event at Chesterfield Mall.
|Parks Associate Dean Krishnaswamy Ravindra, Ph.D.(left) and civil engineering professor Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D., with Billiken BEAMS first-place winner Truan Le.|
Hosted by SLU's American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter and Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, the event is designed to foster an interest in engineering St Louis Metropolitan area high school students and help SLU students understand the value of good citizenship and service.
SLU civil engineering students and faculty helped train the high school students to design, draw and structurally analyze their balsa-wood bridges using computer modeling. This year, 22 bridges were made by metropolitan area high schools teams who participated in the competition. The objective of the competition is to see who can design, construct and test the most efficient bridge.
Open to high school students in the metropolitan St. 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 from the area.
|More than 100 area high school students, teachers and parents joined SLU students, faculty and staff at the Billiken BEAMS competition..|
This year's winners included:
- 1st place: Gateway STEM High School (Team 2)
- 2nd place: Central Community High School Team
- 3rd place: Gateway STEM High School (Team 1)
- Aesthetics: Trinity Catholic High School Team
The competition was headed by Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering at Parks College.