Signature Programs

Bridge Building Competition

One of the most anticipated events of the year at Ransom Everglades is the annual bridge-building competition, which attracts students from physics, engineering, architecture and other classes. Students build bridges out of basswood sticks, then submit them to strength testing to determine the sturdiest bridges.

The strongest structures advance to an exciting competition at the Lewis Family Auditorium, where a winner is determined. The finalist bridges are subjected to gradually increasing loads as the upper school student body watches, cheering, shrieking and groaning as each bridge eventually splinters into a heap of sticks.

The interdisciplinary competition annually includes hundreds of creative entries, and the most aesthetically appealing bridges are also recognized. The final day of competition is always a wild, fun event for the entire upper school led by physics teacher Paul Natland ’02.

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Paul Natland ’02

“It’s a raucous event. We’ve got music playing, and it’s great to see them standing out of their seats and cheering as the best bridges are broken in front of everybody.”
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.