An opportunity for constructive thinking

4th November 1994 at 00:00
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.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today