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Bridging innovation in building contest video

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The Aurecon bridge building challenge gave Auckland schools the chance to compete to see who could make the sturdiest structure.

 Held together by string and glue, the bridges were never designed to last.

Model bridges made by students were put to the test in Auckland on Friday to see which could bear the heaviest loads – and the expectations of their schools.

The event attracted 18 schools and was taken out by Pukekohe Christian School.

Pukekohe Christian School students Jack Wicks, Jason Kelsey and Hamish Cossey won top prize for their bridge that held a load of 78.1kg.

 Their creation, made of balsa wood and cardboard, was able to withstand 78.1kg – roughly the weight of a small rhinoceros.

Selwyn College, who won last year’s event, finished second with a 59.4kg load, while Ngaruawahia High School took out the top innovation prize.

About 1500 year 8 and 9 students from New Zealand and Australia are registered to take part in the bridge building competition at 11 locations.

Prizes included $1500 for Pukekohe Christian School, with the students taking home $200 each.

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