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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Each year in February, middle and high school students from across Southwest Georgia gather to test their engineering skills.

In celebration of National Engineers' Week, Albany State University held the eighth annual Southwest Georgia Model Bridge Building Contest.

Students got an opportunity to showcase their designs to the practicing engineers and be judged against the designs of their peers.

Teams of up to three students construct a model bridge of wood and glue designed to solve realistic engineering problems. During the competition, each bridge is tested to determine how much weight it can hold.

"It's nerve-wracking, I guess you can say I was about to have a breakdown, you just get so nervous," said Espy Stephen Smith III, Early County High School.

Close to 40 teams competed this year.

The event is sponsored by the Georgia Space Grant Consortium, which is funded by NASA.

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