A better bridge from balsa wood?

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College students in first year engineering program learning practical lessons in design

Ohio State Marion students in Dr. Gary Maul’s Engineering 181 class recently learned that it’s sometimes not the material, but the design that lends strength to a structure. 

The class recently took part in a bridge design contest.  Using only balsa wood, the idea was to build a bridge that held the most weight.  The winning team's bridge supported over 70 pounds before it broke. “Not bad for 50 grams of Balsa wood.”

The engineering course is part of a new first-year engineering program now offered at Ohio State Marion.  The Ohio State course offerings began on the Marion campus autumn quarter 2011, Ohio State Marion students now have the option Engineering 181 & 183. These classes are core courses for Ohio State’s undergraduate degree programs in engineering.

Due to the tremendous success of the program in 2011, additional engineering courses will be added to Ohio State Marion’s course schedule in the future. 

Students interested in learning more should contact academic advisor Penny Eyster at (740) 725-6246 or email: eyster.9@osu.edu.

Ohio State Marion also offers engineering core courses in math, physics, and chemistry to supplement the first year engineering program, in addition to all the required general education courses towards an Ohio State engineering degree.