Ortonville, Michigan, Monday, April 21, 2014 -- The Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pathways Academy attended the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) State Bridge Building Challenge on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Brandon High School was represented by a record fifty-one students on seventeen teams in the ninth and tenth grade division. In the 2014 challenge, students designed and built a cantilever through truss bridge. On competition day, their bridges were tested for their strength to weight ratio and the three person teams made a seven to ten minute presentation to MDOT Civil Engineers about their engineering experience.
In this fifth year of competition, Brandon STEM students brought home a 1st place with a ratio of 2311.3 and an excellent team presentation to challenge judges, Team Squad: freshmen Kevin Bickett, Ethan Hunt, and Nolan Tews, claimed the top spot in their division. One hundred twenty-eight teams from all over the state of Michigan participated in the challenge this year in Lansing at the Lansing Center.
The Brandon STEM Pathways Academy is a highly focused program that begins in ninth grade at Brandon High
School. The program is for learners who are highly motivated and are looking to enter careers in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.