Engineers in the making

Karibib Private School learners recently had the opportunity to showcase their construction capabilities.

14 July 2019 | Education

Karibib Private School (KPS) encourages its learners to take part in the school’s annual bridge building competition. This year it differed significantly from previous years, with teams required to build their bridges in a time span of just a few hours.

Previously participants were afforded more time to plan and construct their bridges.

Four teams entered the competition that was held on the same day as the internal Science Fair. Two of the competing teams failed to meet the cut-off time, which was from 08:00 to 13:30.

The completed bridges were then tested the next day to determine the winners: Divine Gertze, Warren Muyenga and Godwin Gangayi’s bridge weighed just 177.6 g, and collapsed under a load of 39 kg.

The winners and their runners-up would love to take part in the National Bridge Building Competition which normally takes place in September in Windhoek, although it hasn’t happened for a number of years.

Organiser of the KPS Bridge Building competition Mr Johannes Beukes, said hosting the event at the school means a lot and motivates the learners. “We are the current National Bridge Building champions, which is quite a significant achievement for the school. We won the trophy in 2015. Unfortunately, since then the competition hasn’t been held again. Despite this, we continue hosting our own event.”

In 2016, a KPS team competed at the International Bridge Building competition in Johannesburg, finishing 6th out of the 30 participating teams.

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