The main focus of West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) educational outreach is the West Virginia West Point Bridge Design Contest (WPBD). This statewide contest is a high-energy, mentoring and training program that provides middle and high school students with a realistic, hands-on, engaging introduction to engineering, bridges and transportation design concepts; it is also intended to promote math, science and technology education.
In order to receive the most out of this outreach program the WVDOH partners with the West Virginia Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the West Virginia Department of Education, and the Nick J. Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute.
The WPBD Contest provides free software for this computer based contest. A West Virginia Engineer or Engineering Student is also available to make classroom visits to talk about the contest and their professions. The free download is available at: http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/
A qualifying round begins in November; with final submissions in April and state completion in late April or early May. Contest supporters provide lodging and meals for the state competition, which is usually held in Charleston or Huntington.
For more information on the contest, to request an engineer to provide a presentation to your classroom or to volunteer to visit a classroom, visit www.wvbridgecontest.com.