Bates Tech Balsa Wood Bridge Competition 2011

Here are the video results from the Bates Tech Balsa Wood Bridge Competition 2011. This simple video footage of the competition makes for a good learning opportunity. This video includes a variety of designs that are interesting to observe if you are looking to build a balsa wood bridge.

Beautiful New Gram Scale

I am very excited to show off this new digital gram scale I ordered off Ebay. This digital scale measures to 0.01 grams, which is a major improvement over the team scale, which only measures to 0.1 grams.The best part is that it only cost $20, shipping included. A hot deal if you ask me. It seems to be very good quality and is accurate. I compared it using several bridges lying around with the team scale, and it was […]

Bending Wood

I have developed a system for bending wood for my arch bridges, and though I do not claim it is the best way, it works well. It does require some materials and equipment that hopefully you will already own and not need to get. I have a pot, or basin rather, that is about 18″ long and 12″ deep. I fill it with about two cups of water (I have found that more water just takes longer to start boiling, […]

Best Place To Buy Balsa Online

Many people ask “Where is the the best place to buy balsa wood online?” The best website I know of is Specialized Balsa LLC. The owner, Jake Zimmer, has been in the balsa business for years and knows what he is doing. Once I had Jake cut me some 1/32″ x 1/32″ sticks of Balsa just to see if he could do it. He did, and they were absolutely perfect. He also cut me a 3″ x”1/64″ x 36″. I […]

Booth’s Bridge

Yes, this is one of the coolest bridges I have ever seen. Built by J.C. Booth Middle for the Science Olympiad Georgia State Finals in 2003, it placed 3rd. For those of you who don’t know Booth, keep reading. Booth Middle School has won the Georgia State Finals as a team for longer than I can remember, except for one year. They always have an excellent team, and provide much frustration and motivation for the rest of us. When I […]

Bridge Books Widgets

Bridge Builder Blues

The Bridge Builder Blues is a fun little song I originally wrote back in late 2004. I forgot about it until the Science Olympiad season of 2006. I pulled it out, and with the help of my brother re-wrote the lyrics and came up with the music. Then in 2007 We made a music video of the song which you can view below. Lyrics Working late on the last Friday night Before competition, I’m running out of time I think […]

Bridge Builder Blues Video

Music video for the song, The Bridge Builder Blues written and recorded by Garrett and Drew Boon.

Bridge Builder Poem

The Bridge Builder Poem An old man, going a lone highway, Came, at the evening, cold and gray, To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim; The sullen stream had no fears for him; But he turned, when safe on the other side, And built a bridge to span the tide. “Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim, near, “You are wasting strength with building here; […]

Bridge Building and Design Games

Cargo Bridge Fun little animated game with a physics engine that requires you to design a bridge with a limited budget in various scenarios. You get points for the amount of money you have left after completing a successful bridge. NOVA Build a Bridge Classic game from that has you pick the right bridge design for certain scenario. This is a very basic game and good for younger ages. This site has lots of tips, records, maps, etc […]

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