Building Bridges And More

Left to right front row: Ryan King, Christie Franz, and Justin Wallace. Back row left to right Whitman teachers Frederick Feraco, Jamie Rogers and Keith Lundquist.
Left to right front row: Ryan King, Christie Franz, and Justin Wallace. Back row left to right Whitman teachers Frederick Feraco, Jamie Rogers and Keith Lundquist.
Left to right at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Ryan King, Andrew Zhang, and Justin Wallace.
Left to right at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Ryan King, Andrew Zhang, and Justin Wallace.

The Walt Whitman High School Robotics Team, The Robocats, competed at the FIRST Robotics competition at Hofstra University. Over two days of competition, the team held its own against teams from all over the country. Special congratulations to Robocat Club President, senior Christie Franz, for winning the regional MVP award for leadership.

Congratulations also to Justin Wallace and Ryan King for finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Brookhaven Town Bridge Building Competition.  Students from 17 Nassau and Suffolk County high schools designed and constructed more than 200 model bridges intended to be simplified versions of real-world bridges. In this contest, efficiency is calculated from the bridge’s weight and the weight the bridge can hold before breaking or bending more than one inch. The higher the efficiency, the better the design and construction.  Justin Wallace of Walt Whitman High School placed second with a bridge that weighed 22.08 grams with an efficiency of 1023.7. Third place went to Ryan King of Walt Whitman High School. King’s bridge weighed 20.22 grams with an efficiency of 923.8.

The construction and testing of model bridges promotes the study and application of principles of physics and engineering, and helps students develop "hands on" skills. Students get a flavor of what it is like to be an engineer; designing structures to a set of specifications and then seeing them perform their function.