Bridges have a particular significance in the City of Windsor, especially for students at Marlborough Public School. The Ambassador Bridge is the backdrop of their neighbourhood. They have a profound familiarity with the structure so it's no surprise that they enthusiastically embraced a school-wide bridge building competition.
Throughout February 36 students in Grades 2 through 8 worked in class, at home and during their daily breaks to design and construct bridges using the materials of their choice. The final products were judged by Mr. Karey Thatcher, the Architectural Project Coordinator for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, which is building the Gordie Howe Memorial Bridge across the Detroit River.
"Having a professional working in the community come in and see our work and give feedback meant so much to our students," says teacher Shaun Campbell. "It's real-world validation, which is different than hearing 'great job' from your parents or teachers."
Zak Termos (pictured, left), an 8 year old, Grade 3 student was selected as the winner for which he earns a pizza party for his entire class. First runners up were Amisha Suresh and Waddia Ahmed who were given high marks for their creative use of recycled materials. Second runner-up was the only arch0style bridge among the entries, built by Mahnoor Ahmad.