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SAMPE Student Bridge Contest

Students are encouraged to participate in the SAMPE 2018 Student Bridge Contest. This contest allows students to design, build, and test a miniature structural bridge using various composite materials in accordance with a set of well defined rules. This is an international competition involving schools from around the globe. Students compete for monetary prizes and for the coveted SAMPE Student Bridge Champion trophy. 


Benefits of Participation

Put your composites training into action

Represent your college or university

Receive a complimentary student conference registration


Updated contest rules and registration will be available January 22, 2018. 


SAMPE 2017 Overall Winners

1st Place - Chengdu Aeronautic Polytechnic

2nd Place - University of Delaware

3rd Place -  Harbin Engineering University


Click here for the Bridge Contest 2017 Results

Click here for the Bridge Contest 2017 Winners





  • This contest is open to students only.
  • At least one team member must be a SAMPE member
  • Only one bridge entry is permitted per registration
  • Follow all SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Rules

    Objective: Design and build a composites bridge using an assortment of pultrusions, cores, fabrics and other materials supplied in kit form.

    Due to Export Control Regulations, kit's cannot be shipped outside of the Continental U.S.


Contest flyer, registration form, Questions and Answers, and Rules can be found at the bottom of this page.


Information for Sponsors

Give back to the student engineering community with a material or monetary donations. Donor participation is essential to the success of this event. A complete list of acceptable materials and sponsorship levels are detailed in the sponsor letter. If your company would like to sponsor or donate, please contact Sarah Cox, Bridge Building Committee Chair at

The SAMPE Student Bridge Contest committee is chaired by Sarah Cox, NASA.

SAMPE Chapters: Northern California, Midwest, New Jersey, Utah







Material Donors





SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2017 SAMPE Bridge Contest Flyer Link Administration 4/4/2017
2018 SAMPE Bridge Contest Rules & Regulations Link Administration 12/20/2017
Student Bridge Contest Q&A Link Administration 4/6/2017

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