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.
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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.