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An opportunity for constructive thinking

Budding engineers can get back to basics in a bridge-building competition organised by the British Constructional Steelwork Association.

The BCSA have taken this most straightforward task of engineering and made it trickier by limiting the resources available to contestants. In a challenge devised by the civil engineering department at Leeds University, participants have to construct a bridge from a kit of basic beams, columns and joints to carry as many golf balls as possible.

The competition is open to secondary school pupils in the 14 to 15 age group and entry forms are available from the BCSA at 4 Whitehall Court, Westminster, London SW1A 2ES.

The entry fee, which includes the standard construction kit, is Pounds 58.75, and the winning school will receive a trophy, cheque for Pounds 500 and an additional Pounds 500 to be divided between the team members. Other finalists will share a cheque for Pounds 150 and will earn their school Pounds 100. The closing date for entries is December 7.

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