YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State University is helping students "bridge" the gap between high school and a career choice.
The sixth annual Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition was held Friday in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center.
Students on 36 teams from high schools throughout Mahoning and Trumbull counties participated in the design and construction of a balsa-wood bridge.
Judges grading the structures looked at complexity, esthetics and how much weight each bridge could hold.
The goal of the competition was to promote civil engineering as a career option to students.
"It gives them an opportunity to see something that engineers actually do in the real world," said Mahoning County Engineer Patrick Ginnetti. "It gives them an idea when they're driving over a bridge how it's designed, how it's built and what can cause one to collapse."
The competition has been organized and sponsored since 2008 by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Youngstown State University, the Mahoning and Trumbull County Engineer's Office, and MS Consultants Inc.