On Friday, June 4, Dr. Christopher Payette’s Advanced Physics students tested the structural integrity of toothpick bridges that they designed.
As students held their breath, Dr. Payette slowly poured sand into a bucket suspended from the bridges to test their load-bearing capabilities.
Congratulations to junior Camille Ferrell ’22, whose bridge supported the most weight — 4.8 kilograms (10.5 pounds) — before splintering. Classmate Aaron Morton ’22 wasn’t far off, constructing a bridge that supported 4.3 kilograms (9.5 pounds) before collapsing. The students’ bridges were both incredibly light, weighing just 1.2 and 1.3 ounces, respectively.