In Koch’s winning program, “Using STEM to Build a Bridge”, students will work in groups to build a bridge in order to solve a problem such as transporting food over a ravine. They must design and construct a bridge that is less than 12 inches, using the least amount of materials possible which can support as much weight as possible. Students will conduct computer research to explore bridge design, construction materials and limitations, while acquiring basic drafting skills using Power Draft software. Students will use the software to test load capacities to determine the best prototype design. During the project, students will have the opportunity to travel to a local bridge currently under construction which will help them connect what they are learning in the classroom to real life. At the end of the project, students will present a final report discussing the scientific principles behind the design as well as, any challenges they faced during the project, from drafting to data application. Koch resides in Dayton.