General Information on the 2018 Chicago Regional
Bridge kits will be available on the IIT campus in the Office of
Undergraduate Admission, Perlstein Hall room 101. Perlstein Hall is on
the northwest corner of State and 33rd streets. The IIT
visitor parking is on the southeast corner of State and 33rd.
Admission Office hours are:
Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
If you need to pick up kits on weekends or make special
arrangements, call the IIT Office of Admission at 312-567-3025 and
speak with Margarita Fraga.
Because of potential for theft, we can no longer
accept any cash for bridge kits. Personal, school checks or money
orders made out to "IIT Bridge Contest" will be accepted.
Each kit consists of 15 2-foot pieces of 3/32 inch
square cross-section basswood. Any commonly available glue may be used.
Prices are $5.00 for a single kit.
Please telephone ahead and reserve quantities larger than 20 kits.
Payment by check is required. Since
the "profit" that is made when you buy wood from the Bridge Building
Committee is used exclusively to pay for prizes, trophies and
certificates, entries from any school that
buys less than 12 kits from IIT will be asked to pay an entry fee of $60.00
to help defray costs.
Each bridge shall be entered under a single student name. Every
entry will receive a Certificate of Merit for participation. Winners will
receive special certificates as well as prizes, and their schools will be
awarded trophies for display. There will be identical sets of prizes and
trophies for each of the three Chicago area Regions: City, North Suburban
and South Suburban.
Hold your school contest soon, so that your winners may participate in the
Chicago Regional Contest - and maybe the International Contest!
You may use the Chicago Regional Rules
for your school contest if you wish. Any questions concerning
interpretation of the rules should be directed to
Prof. Carlo Segre at
At the conclusion of the student competition, we
will be holding an adult competition. Teachers, Engineers, and
parents are encouraged to bring their own bridges and compete informally
against one another (students are not allowed to help design or construct
Each 2018 Chicago Regional Contest winner (and their sponsoring teacher or
parent chaperone) will be invited to attend the Engineering Week
Celebration Dinner in downtown Chicago. They
will be guests of the Engineering Council of Illinois and will be
recognized for their achievement during the program.
This year the International Contest will be held in Chicago, Illinois.
Only Regional winners will be eligible to participate. The top two winners
from each of the three Chicago Regions will be supplied the information
needed to register for the International Contest.
Last update: October 11, 2017
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