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.