Each team must create an original design for an approximately 20-foot bridge that can be constructed quickly; the top teams usually construct their bridges in less than 10 minutes. Bridges are created for a hypothetical site whose requirements change each year. Teams are judged on a combination of elements, including bridge design and weight, its ability to withstand a 2,500-pound load without sagging, team construction speed and number of builders. The MIT team has placed in the top three at each of the past six regional competitions. The event is open to the public.
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