GUNTOWN, Miss. (WTVA) - Three Guntown Middle School students showed us the model bridge they designed and built that earned them a place in a national competition sponsored by the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials.
It's a small yet enthusiastic group of 7th graders.
Student Paslay Adkins said, "What I took away from it is learning how to build a bridge. I'd never heard about this competition before. I learned how to build a bridge and the triangle is the best geometrical shape."
That real world application of science, math and other subject areas is one reason this Guntown team was formed.
Teacher Stephanie Phillips said, "They get to see why we're studying this in school. It's not that I'm studying it just because of no reason. They get a greater understanding because they're getting to apply it."
Along with Guntown, three teams from Tupelo Public Schools will also take part in this national competition.
The students also had heard about bridge building teams from Tupelo Public Schools and decided to enter the competition too.
After a few mistakes, a computer program lets them know if the model is built correctly.
It has to be a certain length and height and must be able to hold certain weights.
Student Brandon Dillard said, "I liked learning to build the bridge and about all the scientific principles."
Student Luke Smith said, "It's just fun to build stuff. I've always been interested in taking stuff apart and building stuff."
The students say they're all interested in possible careers in engineering or related fields.