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Selwyn’s Year 10 Bridgebuilders Continue Our Tradition of 
Soaring over other Auckland Teams

Last Thursday, Selwyn’s teams of Year 10 Physics experts took part in the annual  Auckland Aurecon Bridge Building competition. Out of the 50 teams competing, Selwyn was the most noticeable school, producing exceptional results and taking away first, third and fifth places.

Selwyn’s teams were amongst the first balloted out to put their bridges to the test. This involves the judges determining how much pressure they could withstand before they collapsed. For much of the competition, our teams placed first, second and third. This caused the main judge to make a memorable comment: ‘Selwyn is unstoppable’. Selwyn’s presence was felt throughout the event! Unfortunately, Te Aroha College eventually managed to secure second place at the very end of the event. 

The results were:

1st Place:  The “A team” made up of Samuel Lydamore-Prasad, Alexander Quinn, and Nathan Hill-Marks. Their bridge withstood a total of 62.7 kilograms.

3rd Place: The Selwyn Girls’ team of Haruka Awajiya, Isabella Hills-Peet and Julia Burton, with 52.6 kilograms.

5th Place: The “RXR team” of Rishav Sarmah, Xin Hai Hu and Rhys Weitekamp, with their experimental bridge withstanding 41.9 kilograms. 

A huge thank you to student mentors Steven Bayley, Year 12, and Sean Weitekamp, Year 11, for their guidance to the Year 10 students as they designed and built the bridges.

A second huge thank you goes to teachers Mrs Sommers and Mr Ali also for their many hours of work. These teachers and the students involved spent weeks planning and building prototypes before working on their final design; even coming in during the holidays. 

The final competition left the students and teachers shaking but proud. ‘I felt very nervous, but I was very pleased to see that Selwyn did so well and that all the time and effort we put into our bridges paid off’, said Nathan Hill-Marks. ‘Every time a new bridge was placed on the clamp, I felt quite nervous. We kept on asking each other our opinions on the other bridges to reassure ourselves that we were okay.’

Haruka Awajiya declared, ‘Toward the end of the competition, I could hardly bear to watch the other bridges because of the fear that we might get bumped off third place. Although I was disappointed that Selwyn did not place first, second and third like we were for the majority of the Competition, I am very pleased that we were able to get such amazing results’.

Overall, the teams won $2000 for the school and over $800 to share between themselves.

Congratulations to all involved! You have made us extremely proud!

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