Who Knew A Plumb Bob Could Be So Entrancing?

Last night the Kummer Student Design Center was a madhouse. Students working on solar car, airplane, human-powered vehicle and who knows what else?
The real action was with the civil engineering-focused Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe teams. In one corner of the shop ten students worked staining the S&T logo in the canoe, while right next door the Steel Bridge team was stacked cheek-to-jowl double checking the structure before testing for vertical and horizontal deflection.
The plumb bob thing? That’s how the judges test how far the bridge leans under strong sideways pressure. More than 1/2″ and you get disqualified. In the “real” world it could even get this bad.