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Local Students put Model Bridges to the Test

On Thursday, more than 35 Binghamton High School juniors put their engineering skills to the test at Lockheed Martin in Owego.

After consulting with Lockheed engineers in February, students from the school's Project Lead the Way- Fundamentals of Engineering class began making bridges out of only file folders and Elmer's glue. Those bridges were put through a strength and durability test in Lockheed's Instron load testing machine on Thursday morning.

Students said working on different aspects of bridge building, and seeing their designs put to the test, gave them a glimpse of future engineering careers.

"It's really cool to come to this facility and see all the different projects that are going on, and kind of take a part in it by testing our structure here," said Joseph Schull, a Binghamton High School Junior.

Instructors say the hands-on-experience is important for students.

"They get to see it applied. And when they graduate, they have the opportunities to have the career right here locally and use the information that we've been teaching them," said Marta Gaska, Project Lead the Way Instructor at Binghamton High School.

The results to determine the strongest bridge will come from data captured electronically.

This is the second year Lockheed Martin has partnered with the high school's Fundamentals of Engineering class on a bridge project.