Reclamation to Host 42nd Annual Colorado High School Bridge Building Contest

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: February 17, 2009

The Bureau of Reclamation will host the 42nd annual Colorado High School Bridge Building Contest on February 21. The contest, open to all public and private Colorado schools, is intended to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering.

Students will watch as a calibrated machine tests their bridge's efficiency to -- and beyond -- its capacity. Tours of Reclamation's Research Laboratory -- including scaled-down models of actual projects with running water -- will also be available. At the conclusion of the contest, Reclamation will demonstrate its 5-million pound press.

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What: 42nd Annual Colorado High School Bridge Building Competition

When: Saturday, February 21, 2009, 8:00 a.m. to Noon

Where: Denver Federal Center, Building 56 (Enter the Denver Federal Center at Gate 1.)

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