West Point Bridge Designer
The Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest, formerly the West Point Bridge Design Contest, is an Internet-based competition that provides middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering.
The West Point Bridge Designer is a computer-aided design (CAD) software package developed to introduce students to engineering through the design of a steel highway bridge. The software provides an engaging, hands-on civil engineering design experience that demonstrates how practicing engineers design real structures. Given a realistic set of design specifications, the user models a bridge, tests it for structural adequacy, and optimizes it to minimize cost.