Building A Future

Junior Josh Almon made the strongest bridge from his class, supporting 56 lbs. According to Allmon, he was confident on his bridge, but it didn’t hold as much as he’d expected. The bridge took over two days to make, and he will try again. “Instead of using an arch of smaller pieces, I will use less and soak wood in water so it bends, this way it supports more weight.”

By: Nan Becerra Morales

During Mr. Fister’s Principles Of Engineering class, students faced two unique assignments this past week: bridge building and the Pringles Challenge. These activities were designed to challenge students and to provoke healthy competition.


Junior Logan Huskins pulls out an intact pringle from a safely packaged box. The goal was accomplished here. He said,   “First you gather measurements, like volume, weight, and size of box. Second, you open up box. And lastly, you see how intact the pringle was and compare it with different packaging methods.”

One of the assignments was a Pringles Challenge in which a student, along with a partner, had to measure a box containing a single Pringle within. The goal was to protect the Pringle. Then the measurements would determine if the packaging was effective on keeping the pringle damage-free.


Sophomore Jaminso Perez glues his previous cut wood pieces, which is the last step in building a bridge before beign put to test. “It took me 3-4 days to build, 1 1/2 on drawing. I estimate a 20 pound support from the compressor.”

Another assignment was the building of a wooden bridge. The students had to first make a design on paper and then cut pieces of wood according to their design. They then glued the wooden pieces and let them dry. After it hardened, the model would be put to a durability test on a compressor that would add pressure to the bridge. The goal was to make a bridge stronger than your classmates.

Mr. Fister’s POE class teaches students real-life skills that they may use in their future career paths.  Mr. Fister always says, “Try it again!” when the first time fails, a perfect motto for life.


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