Fabrication of the steel bridge. Photo by Gary Rhodes.
Fabrication of the steel bridge. Photo by Gary Rhodes.
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Engineering students to unveil project during Earth Day activities

The Penn State Harrisburg chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE’s) Steel Bridge Team will unveil at noon its first-ever 1/10 scale bridge as part of the college’s annual Earth Day Celebration on Thursday, April 18 on the Vartan Plaza from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

Designed and constructed following specifications set forth by the national organization, the steel bridge project provides an opportunity for students to couple classroom lessons with hands-on fabrication. The Penn State Harrisburg team will enter their creation at the regional ASCE Steel Bridge Competition April 19-21 at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

“The team wanted to unveil the bridge at Earth Day because it’s a large event where students, faculty, and staff gather,” said Penn State Harrisburg ASCE president, Trevor Domach. “The reaction and excitement of seeing the bridge will definitely get the team pumped for the weekend’s competition.”

To follow the team’s progress, visit their Facebook page.

The Earth Day celebration will also feature exhibits and demonstrations by environmental engineering and conservation groups. Activities like an obstacle course, t-shirt tie-dying, flower arranging, and an herb garden renovation and planting seminar are also planned for Earth Day participants. Klock Entertainment will provide live music.

The Earth Day celebration is organized by the Penn State Harrisburg Society of Environmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Penn State Professional Engineers and Contractors, and United States Green Building Council and sponsored by the Student Activity Fee Fund.