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Students are encouraged to participate in the SAMPE 2017 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. 


Bridge Team Students,


We are excited to announce that Abaris Training is providing a FREE class to TWO lucky winners! If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a short essay (500 words or less) on why you should receive the free class and how you will benefit from this wonderful experience. The essay should be submitted to by May 12. The winners will be announced at the bridge contest on May 24. Please note that you will need to provide your own travel arrangements to attend the class.


This is a wonderful opportunity provided by a company that is internationally recognized as a leader in composite training. For more information on Abaris and their training classes, please visit For questions on this opportunity, please email


Overall Winner


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. Click here to  Register today!
  • At least one team member must be a SAMPE member
  • Only one bridge entry is permitted per registration
  • Follow all SAMPE 2017 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.



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







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SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2017 Student Online Registration Link Administration 2/24/2017
Student Bridge Contest Q&A Link Administration 4/6/2017
2017 SAMPE Bridge Contest Flyer Link Administration 4/4/2017
2017 SAMPE Bridge Contest Rules Link Administration 1/9/2017
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